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Our
Circularity
Journey

The most recent statistics show that in the United Kingdom the construction sector generated about 66.2 million tonnes of waste. The recovery rate of 91% has remained at similar levels since 2010, despite construction waste having increased by 7 million tonnes. Construction demolition and excavation generate 62% of total waste in the United Kingdom. We all have a part to play in the industry to reduce our environmental impact from the project design right through to end-of-life. It is our responsibility to create avenues for materials to keep them in use for as long as possible.
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Kingspan LIFECycle Product Circularity Framework

Circularity has the potential to conserve the earth's resources, protect our natural environment and make products in a way that is restorative and regenerative. But this means looking at every step of the product's lifecycle. For this reason we have developed our own LIFECycle Product Circularity Framework which embeds circularity into every step: Step 1: Lean and circular design, Step 2: Input Materials, Step 3: Factory processes, Step 4: Extended life models and Step 5: Cycling (re, up and down) at the end of the product life. We elaborate on these steps below.

Our Circularity initiatives

To achieve true circularity within our industry we need to collaborate across many domains and areas of expertise. Our mission is to focus on our products and services in order to develop solutions that support circularity from the design stage right through to the product end-of-life.  
 

Step 1: Lean and circular design

At a product level, we are focusing on a wide range of design principles including better resource-efficiency, reduced transport impacts through lighter and thinner materials, ease of disassembly and reduced waste or carbon in the construction process.

Step 2: Input materials that are sustainable and circular

Today, we use recycled steel in our insulated panels and we are actively working through our IKON global innovation center to increase the percentage of renewable and post-consumer recycled content in our advanced insulation products.

Step 3: Factory Processes

While our Planet Passionate Group target is zero waste to landfill by 2030, we have been on this journey for some time already and we are proud to say that certain sites have already hit that target. We try and take a holistic view on our zero waste to landfill strategy, investigating all avenues from recycling/re-use of production waste, to reducing packaging. 

Step 4: Extended service life models

Maximising the in use potential of products is a mix of extending the serviceable life of products for as long as possible, and enabling onward re-use of products if a building comes to the end of its life and the products can still provide value to another building. In the hierarchy of circularity, this is far better than cycling as it potentially has a much lower environmental impact. 

Step 5: Cycling (re, up and down) technologies for new products or other products

Once the product potential has been met in its current form, our vision is that all products manufactured by Kingspan should be technically recyclable. Where recycling is the process or reducing a product all the way back to its basic material level, thereby allowing those materials to be remade into new products.

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Our Group Planet Passionate targets are built around key circularity goals such as zero waste to landfill by 2030 and the use of upcycled materials through our 1 billion post-consumer PET bottles initiative.

Click here for more on our Planet Passionate Initiatives in the United States.

Planet Passionate Program Goals

Some of the targets that will specifically the impact embodied carbon of our products include:
  • Increasing the use of direct renewable energy to 60% by 2030
  • Increasing our on-site renewable energy generation to 20% by 2030
  • Reducing the product CO₂ intensity from our primary supply partners by 50% by 2030
  • All QuadCore® to use upcycled PET by 2025

Through Planet Passionate, we are playing our part by driving energy and carbon out of our business operations and supply chain, as well as increasing our recycling of rainwater and waste, while also accelerating our participation in the circular economy.
 

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