Further information on this Sustainability page
A market leader
As a market leader in the manufacture and installation of raised floors, Kingspan Access Floors believes it has a duty to look at social responsibility and environmental performance. Although the company is still only at the beginning of this journey, it has the commitment to achieve the high targets it has set itself and its supply chain partners.
The first step to the success of Kingspan Access Floors environmental awareness was the attainment of the ISO 14001 accreditation in February 2003.
This therefore gave the company the incentive to investigate further into environmental issues and the areas potentially affected by its nature of work. Kingspan Access Floors adopted the Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR) strategy for more sustainable construction, Building a Better Quality of Life, as a framework for its ongoing drive on innovation and best practice in achieving greater sustainability.
Kingspan Access Floors has a strong focus on recycling waste materials; steel for example is 100% recyclable and can be recycled again and again with current technology, without any degradation in terms of properties or performance. This property sets steel apart from most other common construction materials. The recovery rate of steel construction products from UK demolition sites is currently 94%, with 10% being reused and 84% recycled.
Reducing the carbon footprint
In conjunction with The Carbon Trust, a survey was conducted to improve Kingspan Access Floors current process within the companys factory in Hull.
As a result of this the following has been completed to reduce its carbon footprint.
- The warehouse has been screened off using high-speed doors so that the production areas retain the heat, therefore reducing the gas usage. This is expected to save about 150 tonnes of CO2 per year.
- An energy management system on the factory heating has been introduced. This is expected to save 100 tonnes of CO2 per year.
- A new compressor has been fitted in the factory. This is expected to save 250 tonnes of CO2 per year.
- All compressed air leaks have been sealed saving 120 tonnes of CO2 in total.
- All lighting has been improved. The work carried out to date is expected to save 60 tonnes of CO2 per year.
- Lights are now switched off when not in use or at holidays. This practice has saved 95 tonnes of CO2.
- All new motors or replacement motors are the latest energy efficiency type. To date Kingspan Access Floors has replaced several large motors resulting in CO2 reductions.
- Increased waste recycling and reduced lorry journeys and landfill. The anticipated reduction in CO2 is said to be 400 tonnes per year.
- Dust extraction has been imrpoved and rationalised, reducing heat loss from the factory and increasing efficiency. This step is anticipated to reduce CO2 emissions by 200 tonnes per year.
- The power factor equipment has been upgraded, increasing efficiency further. The anticipated reduction of CO2 is 100 tonnes per year.
Carbon footprints in the future
There are several other energy-saving schemes being planned, the largest being heat recovery from the extraction which, when implemented, will save another 250 tonnes of CO2 with some more to be done when warehouse re-organisation takes place.
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certified
The companys most recent achievement when looking at sustainability is the certification of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) chain of custody. Kingspan Access Floors is currently the worlds only access flooring manufacturer that has adopted this standard and has received third party certification.
FSC is a stakeholder-owned system for promoting responsible management of the worlds forests and through consultative processes it sets international standards responsible for forest management.
Going forward the company will be identifying the exact volume of FSC-approved materials on all delivery notes and invoices.
Kingspan Access Floors COC number is SGS-COC-003713. By buying FSC certified products you are promoting responsible management of the worlds forests. © 1996 Forest Stewardship Council.
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) chain of custody.
Department of Environment, Transport and Regions (DETR) Building a Better Quality of Life, Access Flooring Association.
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