Kingspan’s Columbus Ohio Manufacturing Facility Now Powered by 100% Renewable Electricity

Kingspan BENCHMARK now runs on renewable electricity

We're proud to announce that our BENCHMARK manufacturing facility and offices in Columbus, Ohio, are now being powered by 100% renewable electricity.

The electricity – about 660,000 kWh annually – is direct-to-grid from a wind farm operated by WGL Energy and distributed by Columbus Southern Power Company.

The switch to renewable energy is part of two Kingspan global initiatives, a commitment to achieve Net Zero Energy status by 2020, and Planet Passionate.

“Having a large manufacturing facility powered by 100% renewable electricity is an important step, but it’s just the first step in a long journey to reduce the impacts of climate change,” said Brent Trenga, Director of Sustainability. “We want to do our part by improving our own operations, help our customers by providing products that contribute to more sustainable buildings, and lead by example to show other companies how this can be done.”

Kingspan manufacturing plants in Caledon, Ontario, and Langley, British Columbia, will be the next facilities to shift to 100% renewable energy.
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Planet Passionate consists of 12 ambitious targets focusing on four key areas: energy, carbon, circularity and water.

Commitments by 2030 include:
  • Energy: powering 60% of all Kingspan operations directly from renewable energy, with a minimum of 20% of this energy generated on manufacturing sites
  • Carbon: achieving net zero carbon manufacturing and a 50% reduction in product C02 intensity from primary supply partners
  • Circularity: upcycling of 1 billion PET bottles annually into insulation products plus, zero company waste-to-landfill across all sites
  • Water: harvesting 100 million liters (26 million gallons) of Kingspan’s water usage from rainwater

In recognition of its continued sustainability commitments, Kingspan is a member of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Circular Economy 100 (CE100), the world’s leading circular economy network.

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