Climate Change Set to Generate Extreme Temperatures for the Next 20 Years

Climate Change
A recent study published in the journal Nature Climate Change concludes that parts of the world will beat temperature highs each year due to climate change and greenhouse gas emissions. This is already happening around the globe - currently tens of thousands of people are fleeing India, where temperatures are rising above 120°F.
 
This research shows that even if we acted on climate change today, temperatures will still be set to break records into 2040. If no action is taken, 60 percent of the world will set at least one new monthly temperature record each year by the end of the century. If emissions are lowered per the Paris Agreement, which intends to limit warming to 2 degrees Celsius, the likelihood of setting high monthly temperature records after the year 2040 drops to as low as 10 percent.   
 
Although the United States pulled out of the Paris Agreement in 2017, Kingspan recognizes that action is imperative, not optional. This is why we are a founding member of the International Living Future Institute’s Paris Solutions Campaign – a cohort of leading organizations across the built environment who share aggressive climate goal in alignment with the 2015 Paris Agreement.
 
Kingspan is also doing its part by pledging to become a Net Zero Energy company by 2020. The built environment is responsible for 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions, and we are uniquely positioned to demonstrate the worth of our products and the business case for reducing carbon emissions and energy usage.
 
Kingspan sustainability efforts also expands to shores of the Mediterranean, as we recently committed to using 500 million recycled plastic bottles a year as insulation products by 2023. This partnership with EcoAlf Foundation is aimed to incorporate recovered ocean plastic to the manufacturing chain. This three-year plan is projected to remove up to 150 tons of waste from the Mediterranean.  
 
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Kingspan is taking action now

As the study in Nature Climate Change shows, we will continue to see and physically feel the effects of climate change over the next century. These high temperatures will be “pushing ecosystems and communities beyond their ability to cope”. These are unprecedented times and is why we must take action now.
 

Learn more about our commitment to sustainability.