Kingspan Insulated Panels has been recognised as Manufacturer of the Year at the BusinessGreen Leaders awards. The awarding body praised Kingspan’s dedication to a sustainable agenda, noting its mission to become a Net-Zero Energy (NZE) company by 2020, along with its conscious efforts towards ensuring responsible sourcing practices.
The prestigious awards are in their eighth year and seek to showcase companies who are making outstanding efforts turning sustainability pledges into reality. Held in The Brewery in London, the ceremony saw around 500 green economy executives gather to celebrate the achievements of top businesses across Europe.
Much of Kingspan Insulated Panel’s efforts has centred around its commitment to become a Net-zero Energy (NZE) company by 2020, meaning that all Kingspan’s facilities and production will be energy neutral on an aggregated basis over the period of a year.
Its largest manufacturing site in Holywell, North Wales, features a 400kWp Kingspan Energy solar PV system and meets remaining requirements through offsite renewable sources. Planning permission has also been granted to install a wind turbine later this year with an expected energy output of 2,374,000 kWh.
In 2016, Kingspan Western Europe had achieved 58.9% of its NZE target. As a result of its dedication, Kingspan Group was placed on the 2017 Climate Change “A” list for the third year by CPD.
Kingspan Insulated Panels are committed to be a “Zero-waste-to-landfill” Company across the UK and Ireland. During the reporting period of 2015 to 2016 21,542 tons of material was recycled across the business and are also helping customers to reduce onsite waste by decreasing wrapping material by 28%.
Bianca Wong, Divisional Sustainability Manager, said of the win:
“More and more businesses now recognise the importance of taking responsibility for their environmental impact, Kingspan are proud to lead the way, showing that through properly managed sustainable business practices it is possible to minimise energy emissions and enhance profitability.”