CEO Jens Birgersson comments, “Considering that buildings account for 28 percent of global emissions and that in the EU alone, around 75 percent of buildings are energy inefficient, our products play a key role in combatting climate change by reducing energy consumption in buildings. The building insulation we sold in 2021 will continue to save the annual energy consumption of more than one million homes, for the lifetime of the insulation”.
Getting it right on renovation requires that the renovations qualify as “deep”, that is, achieving energy savings of at least 60 percent; and that the materials used are healthy, fire resilient and circular.
Commenting on ROCKWOOL’s own deep renovations, Jens Birgersson says, “During 2021, we made good progress on our energy efficiency in own offices goal, completing the renovation of an additional five buildings. One of these was our main office in Gladbeck, Germany, where we succeeded in reducing energy consumption by 83 percent”, says Birgersson. “What we are proving is that it is possible to renovate existing buildings up to the energy efficiency standards for new buildings”.
Also in 2021, ROCKWOOL took significant steps toward reaching its science-based decarbonisation target to reduce its overall absolute greenhouse gas emissions by one-third by 2034.
CEO Birgersson says, “In 2021, we converted three production lines to low-carbon intensive melting technologies and fuel sources as well as announced plans to build and convert additional low-carbon capacity. The emission-reducing effects of these and other investments will kick in over the coming years, helping us to achieve our decarbonisation ambitions”.