Climate & energy

The European mineral wool industry is committed to a climate-neutral economy by 2050, covering process-, operational- and embodied energy and carbon from a whole-life-cycle perspective.

Why is increasing energy efficiency in buildings through mineral wool insulation important?

Buildings have a climate impact through their ‘operational’ and ‘embodied’ emissions, largely linked to their use of energy at all life-cycle stages. ‘Operational’ emissions include those generated from heating, cooling and lighting of buildings in-use, ‘embodied’ emissions include those generated throughout the value chain from manufacturing materials, transport, building construction, to the end-of-life disposal.

For existing building stock, operational emissions account for the majority of emissions, around 85%. New buildings need to be nearly zero in operational energy and have a higher share of embodied emissions (typically 30-45%).

As producers of the most widely used building insulation material in the EU, the European mineral wool insulation industry is committed to helping society make the necessary energy and climate transition towards climate neutrality by 2050 by making buildings more energy-efficient thus enabling reduction in operational carbon emissions and reducing carbon footprints.

As an energy-intensive industry we are conscious of our responsibility in delivering high quality – high performance, durable, low-carbon footprint products while relentlessly investing in innovation and in measures to reduce our production emissions.

A 50% energy use reduction in European building stock would reduce CO2 emissions by 18% by 2030. Highly energy-efficient buildings can reduce energy demand and peak loads by 57GW and cut capital cost requirements in the power-sector between €53-89 billion by 2050. At the same time increased energy efficiency will facilitate the transition to and integration of renewable energy sources.