Kingspan Data & Flooring awarded Cradle to Cradle bronze certification

28 March 2022 Kingspan Group
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Kingspan Data & Flooring is delighted to have been awarded Cradle to Cradle Certified® at the Bronze level, the global standard for products that are safe, circular and responsibly made.

The award followed an independent evaluation of Kingspan’s raised flooring solutions which resulted in the division being granted a silver certification for social fairness and material reutilisation. The team was also pleased to receive bronze for their approach to material health, renewable energy & carbon management, and water stewardship.

The assessment was conducted by Eco Intelligent Growth before being submitted to the Cradle to Cradle Certified® Products Programme. Cradle to Cradle Certified® is the global standard for products that are safe, circular and responsibly made.

The award reinforces Kingspan’s Data & Flooring’s status as an industry leader in the manufacture, supply and installation of raised access flooring solutions. The team takes immense pride in how their products are contributing to the acceleration of a circular transition for the industry. 

Promoting circularity is built into the division’s processes. As part of their Take Back Scheme, Kingspan Data & Flooring first separate the steel from the wood-core panels at the end of life stage, which is recycled into other steel products. The wood core is then shredded in their onsite shredder before being used to power three onsite biomass boilers which generate approximately 2,500 megawatts of energy each year. This energy is harnessed and subsequently powers the company’s manufacturing operations helping the company drive towards its sustainability objectives.

The Cradle to Cradle Certified® Products Programme marks another step in Kingspan’s ambition to achieve its pioneering Planet Passionate sustainability objectives which are focused on energy, carbon, water and circularity.

Kingspan is striving to create a transformative pathway to design and make products which will positively impact on people and our planet.

On the certification, Kingspan’s Head of Sustainability Bianca Wong commented:

Across our divisions, we are working hard to reduce the environmental impact of our products and ensuring that our Planet Passionate strategy and commitments are embedded in everything we do globally. This achievement is an excellent example of Data & Flooring UK’s dedication to continuous product improvement.
 
Kingspan Data & Flooring’s Divisional Sustainability Manager, Debra Smith, added: 
 Achieving Cradle to Cradle Certified® at the Bronze level for our key raised access flooring solutions is testament to the progress and dedication of our team to improve the sustainability of our entire portfolio of access flooring solutions. We will continue our focused efforts to improve and innovate. Achieving this accreditation demonstrates our commitment driven from all areas of our business, to achieve our sustainability goals.
 

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