“We are also examining what are known as Power Purchase Agreements which means creating a long-term contract with a developer of who, for example, is building a wind farm and can ensure a steady supply of renewable energy to the company over the long-term,” says Jean-Pierre.
Combining the potential of all these renewable energy sources means that there is the possibility for some Knauf Insulation Glass Mineral Wool plants to reduce the amount of CO2 generated indirectly by electricity by up to 90% in less than five years.
For plants that need other energy supplies in addition to electricity, a more long-term vision is required, for example, examining the potential of alternative solutions such as carbon sequestration, hydrogen use and biogas.
Inspiring long-term carbon savings
In addition we are transferring to more efficient technology, committing to Continuous Improvement to save energy wherever possible, introducing new technical processes and every year organising an internal competition to allocate 10% of capital expenditure to plant projects that can demonstrate long-term carbon or waste savings.
Beyond manufacturing, our sites are finding new sources of used material that can be recycled and developing pioneering new recycling processes which generate less carbon that processing virgin materials.