Our environmental performance

We aim primarily to reduce the energy used in manufacturing which has, by far, the biggest impact on our energy use.

Recent highlights 

  • We have implemented Energy Awareness Training programme.
  • Our energy use in 2017 was down by 20.6% and CO2 emissions were reduced by 20.7% compared to 2010.
  • We have made significant machinery and technology upgrades in a number of our biggest plants.

Knauf Insulation energy awards 

Our energy awards recognise those plants that have demonstrated outstanding performance during the year. The awards are also designed to share good practice and provide all our energy managers with fresh ideas and inspiration. The winner of Knauf Insulation’s 2016 Energy Awards is HSEEQ manager Natalija Domjanič who received our East European Leadership Award for her work with the team at Ajdovščina (Slovenia). In addition to HSE successes, implementation of KIMS (Knauf Insulation Management System) for our ISO standard certification by Bureau Veritas, improvements were achieved in energy management, particularly compressed air handling and lighting performance.


Knauf Insulation follows the important International Management Standards. We are certified by one of the leading conformity assessment organisations, TÜV NORD.

Knauf Insulation’s management system is based on the continual improvement framework outlined in:

  • OHSAS18001 (Health and Safety Management) for all our Europe, US, Russia and CIS Plants.
  • ISO 14001 (Environmental Management) for all our Europe, US, Russia and CIS Plants.
  • ISO 50001 (Energy Management) for all our Europe, US, Russia and CIS Plants.
  • ISO 9001 (Quality Management) for all our Europe, US, Russia and CIS Plants



At our Krupka plant, Czech Republic, we switched from road to rail and saved 424 tons of CO2 equivalent in the first 15 months. The savings occurred after the plant transferred its distribution of products to Turkey and Romania from road to rail. By using the electric rail network and giant jumbo wagons that have double the capacity of road trucks, the company now needs half the number of trips for distribution. Over the 15-month period, transportation distances of 1.3 million kilometres were slashed in half and the total amount of CO2 equivalent was cut from 621 tons to 197. The saved CO2 of 424 tons is equal to the emissions output from an average car driving around the world a hundred times.

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Krupka is one of the best performing plants at Knauf Insulation in terms of energy. In Krupka, they are leading the energy management through energy awareness programme. 

The first step was the installation of smart technological solutions that could measure daily energy use and show operators if they were within the set operating range of an historic best energy usage known as the ‘Energy Target’. The energy management system flags up exceptional usage for any single material manufactured at the Krupka line. Today, through the system, operators are immediately aware of their impact on energy use. Now, an operator can explain exactly what happened in minute technical detail if there’s a surge, which in the past was not the case. Operators know how much energy is used, why and how to control. Not only does the system monitor behaviour, but individual team performance as well. Of the four shifts in the plant the energy management system revealed that one was out-performing the rest. Through conversation and data analysis it is easy to see where there were challenges that caused extra energy use and what action was taken to improve that situation. Behaviour lessons learned from the more efficient shift can be shared with others, and behavioural patterns learned from those that are not as efficient can also be understood and changed. The biggest learning to be taken away from this is that perators are key. By the time management learns of a surge in energy use, that energy has already gone. Operators can make a difference the minute a situation occurs. The role of leadership or management is to provide education, awareness and tools. 

Read more energy initiatives

And click here to read our latest article on our sustainability journey - Annual Review 2018:

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And click here to read the interview with our Group HSE and Environment Manager, Phillipe Coune:

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Forklift drivers, managers, operators... everyone’s attention is being focused on saving energy. Through training, dedicated energy-saving champions in each plant and awareness raising, we are working on changing the mindsets that can make a real difference.
Berin Onur, Knauf Insulation's Group HSE Manager, Energy