We are Planet Passionate

Introducing Planet Passionate - Kingspan's New 2030 Sustainability Vision

How can we, and the construction industry, play our part?

Climate change is the single most important issue facing the world today. To protect our planet, we need to prevent a 1.5° rise in global temperatures this century. To do this, carbon emissions need to be cut to net zero globally by 2050 – but we are currently on course to miss this goal substantially. We are also facing an unprecedented threat to our natural world, with 1 million species at risk in a planet where 2 billion tons of waste is generated annually.

For those of us in the construction sector, it is particularly concerning that our industry is one of the biggest contributors to carbon emissions globally. Today, the construction and operation of buildings together account for 36% of global energy use and 39% of energy-related CO₂ emissions when upstream power generation is included. The construction industry is also responsible for around 30% of all waste to landfill globally.

Action, at scale, is urgently needed.

Kingspan Planet Passionate CO2 reduction

Why Planet Passionate?

At Kingspan, we want to play our part. We believe advanced materials, building systems and digital technologies hold the key to addressing these issues. Working in partnership with the industry, and through our new IKON innovation centre and our Planet Passionate global sustainability programme, we are confident that together we can:

1) Move to a clean energy future
2) Manage the earth’s resources more sustainably
3) Protect our natural environment

What is Planet Passionate?

Planet Passionate is Kingspan’s ambitious 10-year global sustainability programme that aims to impact three big global issues:

* Climate change
* Circularity
* Protection of our natural world

By setting ourselves challenging targets in the areas of energy, carbon, circularity and water, we aim to make significant advances in the sustainability of both our business operations and our products.
Kingspan Planet Passionate Infographic
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Our Journey to Date

In 2011 through our NetZero Energy program, Kingspan committed globally to matching 100% operational energy with renewable energy by 2020. We are on track to achieve this target through a three pronged approach of Save More, Generate More and Buy More.

What Impacts do we intend to have with Planet Passionate?

Planet Passionate in our Operations
Planet Passionate via our Products
Kingspan Group Bianca Wong

By being Planet Passionate in our operations we aim to:

  • contribute to the world’s renewable energy mix;
  • reduce carbon emissions (including in our value chain);
  • accelerate the shift to zero emission cars and reduce air pollution;
  • divert waste from landfill & keep materials in the economy;
  • conserve precious water;
  • provide upcycling solutions for consumer plastic waste;
  • help to clean our oceans.

By being Planet Passionate our products will be:

  • manufactured using renewable energy and harvested rainwater;
  • manufactured in zero waste facilities;
  • packaged in recyclable materials;
  • enabling lower whole-life-carbon in buildings;
  • containing recycled materials and cycled production waste.

Planet Passionate partnerships

The challenges we face require enormous change, often at a systemic level. We believe these can only be met through true collaboration and partnership. Kingspan is part of several important initiatives to play our part in contributing to this industry transformation.

Latest Planet Passionate News and Initiatives