Banned around the world since 2010, the use of chemical compound CFC-11 is known to have serious environmental effects such as ozone depletion, increased UV radiation levels and strong greenhouse gas emissions.
Despite the ban, the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) has identified widespread use of the chemical in factories throughout China. An astonishing 85% of companies investigated confirmed using CFC-11 whilst acknowledging the chemical’s illegality.
The chemical is regularly included in the manufacturing process of Chinese plastic insulation foams.
Neil Cox, Marketing Manager at Kingspan Insulation, says it is important the insulation industry addresses the impact products manufactured with CFC can have on the environment, and looks at ways to crack down on those choosing to ignore global standards.
“As leaders in the insulation industry we have an on-going commitment to environmental sustainability. Kingspan products are manufactured without the use of CFCs/HCFCs and have a zero Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP) and low Global Warming Potential (GWP)”, commented Cox.
“We choose to undergo third party audits and testing to ensure our products are compliant with the building code and industry standards. Our products hold CodeMark certification which is considered the building industry’s highest level of product performance and compliance.
“In an industry that is rife with non-compliant products, which are often marketed as compliant, the CodeMark logo is a stamp of approval that our customers can trust”.
“We were the first in the industry to take up the CodeMark scheme in 2010, and since then we have led the way in insulation compliance.”