Our Visé plant is now one of the top four industries in the Wallonia region of Belgium in terms of photovoltaic electricity production.
The installation of 6,000 photovoltaic panels on the roof of the plant was completed this month and will provide 1,700 MWh of energy every year — around 2% of the annual energy required by the plant. This installation will save 790 tonnes of CO2 per year – the equivalent CO2 emissions of 525 households.
We also aim to reduce the energy we use for lighting by up to 80% through a major light modification process. At the start of 2018 our lighting consumption was 4,205 MWh/year and by April 2019 it was down to 2,200 MWh/year. The aim is to reduce electricity use to 1,200 MWh/year by the end of 2019 — marking a total reduction of 3.5% in global energy consumption at Visé or the equivalent of the energy used by 1,500 homes.
Mark Leverton, Knauf Insulation’s Managing Director Western Europe, said: “Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do at Knauf Insulation. Our products are designed to save energy and cut emissions and we campaign continuously to put near-zero energy-use buildings at the core of political agendas.”
We have cut our energy use and emissions by over 20%
“We believe it is also important to make our own buildings environmentally responsible whether through Green Building Rating Systems such as our Experience Center in Slovenia which is certified platinum by DGNB or by the installation of elements that improve our energy mix such as these new photovoltaic panels or energy efficient lighting.”
In 2010 Knauf Insulation committed to cut CO2 emissions and energy use by 20% by 2020. Both targets were achieved four years ahead of schedule and in 2017 our energy use was down by 20.6% and our emissions slashed by 20.7%.
The reduction follows the installation of improved processes and equipment but also hundreds of energy-saving initiatives across the offices and plants across the company.
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