In line with the organisation’s global Planet Passionate 10-year sustainability program, the Australian division of Kingspan Insulated Panels has collaborated with GreenPower and switched to 100% renewable electricity to power its factory and office in the western Sydney suburb of St Marys.

GreenPower is managed by the NSW Government and helps households and companies source clean energy from providers that are accredited as renewable sources.

Using this 100 per cent renewable source of electricity enables Kingspan Insulated Panels to reduce the embodied carbon of products manufactured at its St Marys location.

“As a manufacturer, Kingspan will benefit from reducing its carbon footprint and impact on the environment, and our customers will have peace of mind knowing that they are sourcing insulated panels manufactured with renewable sources,” Kingspan Insulated Panels general manager, Jonathan Wormwell said.

“As a leading supplier of insulated panels in Australia, this initiative is a significant move for Kingspan and the local building sector. Not only are we initiating carbon reduction at our manufacturing facility, but our products also enable customers to build thermally efficient buildings.

“High-performance buildings can contribute to lower long-term operational costs, which means the end customer also benefits by reducing their carbon footprint. This initiative is a way for us to bring sustainability into another phase of the construction process,” he said.

Work is also underway to refurbish the St Marys factory roof and install solar PV panels for on-site renewable energy generation.

Kingspan’s global 10-year Planet Passionate sustainability program includes four key pillars: energy, carbon, circularity and water. With 12 measurable targets under these four pillars, every Kingspan business is responsible at a local level for meeting its Planet Passionate targets by 2030. These targets include increasing the organisation’s direct use of renewable energy, reducing company waste in landfill, achieving net zero carbon manufacturing, and reducing product CO2 intensity from primary supply partners by 50 per cent.