We will be joining with the wider global community to support the United Nations World Oceans Day on 8 June 2022.
This year’s theme is Revitalization: Collective Action for the Ocean. The aim is to, “shed light on the communities, ideas, and solutions that are working together to protect and revitalize the ocean and everything it sustains.”
To mark the day, the UN are hosting an event at their Headquarters in New York and broadcasting it live - to register, click RSVP.
Why is UN World Oceans Day so vital?
The importance of oceans in terms of supporting life on Earth can hardly be overstated. Oceans cover more than 70 per cent of the world’s surface so they have a huge impact on our everyday lives. They produce more than half the world’s oxygen. They help regulate the climate. To say nothing of the fact that they also provide us with food, medicines, transport, economic and recreational benefits!
But the health of the world’s oceans is imperilled, and if the current trend continues it will have a major impact across the globe.
Lowering Plastic in our Oceans
Kingspan’s Planet Passionate initiative is not just about increasing sustainability across our business operations and local communities. It is also focused on wider environmental concerns, and that includes the impact of human actions on our oceans, including the vast amounts of plastic waste which are littering our oceans.
According to the UN’s Environmental Programme, the amount of plastics in the oceans, “has been estimated to be around 75-199 million tons” and we are dedicating funding and resources to help tackle this problem.
In 2021, Kingspan recycled 843 million waste plastic bottles within its insulation products. To give you some idea, if you can imagine more than 1,150 football pitches covered in plastic bottles, you’ll get a sense of the scale of this undertaking!
We have also participated in two ocean clean-up projects, with the aim of increasing this to five by 2025.
Kingspan’s Partnership with ECOALF Foundation
The first of these ocean-clean up projects is our ongoing collaboration with the ECOALF Foundation’s Upcycling the Oceans initiative.
The ECOALF Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation, which is dedicated to promoting the selective recovery of ocean waste so that it can be recycled, thereby avoiding any harmful effects on the environment.
The focus of our partnership is the removal of marine debris from the Mediterranean by the ECOALF Foundation’s network of 3,200 fishermen. Our aim is to reuse as much as we can of the recovered ocean plastic in our production plants. In 2021, Synthesia Technology (part of the Kingspan Group and a pioneer in high performance thermal insulation technologies), used 7.6 tonnes of PET sourced through ECOALF in its production processes.
Kingspan’s Partnership with Seabin
Seabin is an Australian organisation dedicated to improving ocean and marine health. In June 2020, it launched its 100 Cities programme with the first installation of 16 Seabins across Sydney Harbour. More than 16 tonnes of waste was recovered in 12 months, with a further 3.2 billion litres of water filtered for microplastics and other contaminants.
Our sponsorship will support a Seabin unit in Jones Bay Wharf, helping to clean the waterways around Sydney Harbour. It’s estimated that this will collect c.1.3 million tonnes of debris per annum.
For more information about The UN World Oceans Day
To find out more about Kingspan’s Planet Passionate programme.