Insulation Talk - July 2014
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In this issue....
- Will the Cabinet reshuffle fill the gap between aspiration and delivery?
- Knauf Insulation seminar puts building energy efficiency in spotlight during EU Sustainable Energy Week
- Sustainable product marking enables more transparency on site
- Knauf Insulation's sustainability is a shortlist success at the INCA Awards
Will the Cabinet reshuffle fill the gap between aspiration and delivery?
“The Committee on Climate Change's (CCC) annual progress report warned a lack of certainty is eroding the country's chance of meeting the fourth carbon budget. The CCC goes on to highlight the failure of current policy to exploit the cost effective carbon savings available in the UK's building stock – especially our existing homes.
“It is because of this absence of a coherent direction of travel in policy that industry is reduced to looking for confidence in signs, such as who has been promoted to what job and what their track record on the energy efficiency agenda actually is?
“In truth, there is little time to make a significant impact on policies such as Green Deal before the next election, yet changes were promised and there remains a yawning gap between the aspirations set out at the beginning of this parliament and the numbers delivered to date. The new entrants to the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) could go some way to rebuilding trust with the supply chain - if they show a willingness to both recognise that gap and begin the change process on some of the more glaring barriers to wider roll out.
“However, within the detail of new Cabinet posts is the apparent downgrading of the role from ‘Minister’ to ‘Parliamentary Under Secretary for State’. In addition, replacing Greg Barker who was a champion of energy efficiency – albeit a champion who promised much but delivered little - with Amber Rudd, someone who has no proven track record on energy issues, places further questions over the Government’s commitment to limiting climate change.
“We may indeed be reading too much into this reshuffle, however historically this Government has set a trend of persistently diluting its approach to energy efficiency from high ambition to low priority. This attitude can perhaps be traced back to inaction as key players such as high street banks and stores retreated from Green Deal in the early days, through sanctioning the abandonment of the consequential improvements consultation that offered to drive uptake of Green Deal and the removal of the Minister in charge of that consultation, Andrew Stunnell. No alternative renovation demand drivers of a scale likely to salvage the Green Deal were ever offered, whilst the devastating cuts to the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) late last year were perhaps the greatest retreat from the agenda.
“This approach has certainly had damaging effects on the stability of future green investments. Indeed, those companies that invested on this Government’s aspirations will not be likely to make the same mistake twice.
“We await the new entrants to DECC to set out their stalls but, in the absence of any prior activity in the field, we hope that their appointment brings with it a new energy in driving the retrofit agenda, rather than offering a sign of further retreat.”
Knauf Insulation seminar puts building energy efficiency in spotlight during EU Sustainable Energy Week
By doing this energy bills would be slashed, fuel poverty would be a thing of the past, Europe would become more competitive, new jobs would be created and the EU would no longer face energy crises.
These were the headline themes of a seminar organised by Knauf Insulation for 15 energy journalists from around Europe to kick off the EU’s Sustainable Energy Week (23rd to 27th June).
“The energy you don’t use is the cheapest energy, and buildings are the biggest gas reserve we have in Europe,” Tony Robson CEO of Knauf Insulation told journalists. “That’s why Knauf Insulation will continue to invest a large amount of time and effort trying to influence politicians to introduce binding legislation with high targets of energy efficiency.”
It’s a long battle. The European Commission had previously recommended a binding 40% target for energy efficiency, but over months of discussion these figures have been dramatically diluted with low target figures of 27% being suggested.
Sustainable product marking enables more transparency on site
The printing withstands temperatures up to 500° C. It allows a better tracking of installed products on site as the marking stays after de-packaging.
The printed information includes;
- Manufacturer (Knauf Insulation)
- Product name (WM 6X0 + thickness mm)
- Production date (number of day in a year + year)
Benefits of inkjet printing:
- Transparency about manufacturer
- Product name and production date high temperature resistance
- Product thickness visible without packaging
- Sustainable solution by dispensing with aluminum tape
Download our quick guide to sustainable product marking.
Knauf Insulation's sustainability is a shortlist success at the INCA Awards
Social and environmental responsibilities are taken seriously at Knauf Insulation and as such, we have been shortlisted in the 2014 INCA (Insulated Render and Cladding Association) Awards for its entry into the sustainability category.
INCA is the recognised trade association for the External Wall Insulation (EWI) industry, representing the major system designers, a nationwide network of specialist installers and the key component suppliers.
With buildings accounting for 40 per cent of energy consumption and up to 45 per cent of houses losing energy through solid walls, EWI presents an ideal solution to reduce the loss of thermal energy, as well as enhance the appearance. As such, the awards seek to recognise innovations and excellence in the EWI industry.
As part of the submission to the sustainability category, we detailed our three key objectives for our long-term sustainability agenda: to champion energy efficiency in buildings, to have products recognised as best in class and to be identified as a responsible manufacturer and employer.
This certainly impressed the judges with these challenging aims and importantly, the processes and innovative methods we have implemented to achieve these targets.
The awards dinner will be taking place on Thursday 16th October at the Sheraton Park Lane Hotel in London, where all winners will be announced.