ROCKWOOL Group releases 2018 Sustainability Report

03 April 2019

Progress on multiple goals contributing to climate action, circularity and wellbeing

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Today, ROCKWOOL Group releases its 2018 Sustainability Report, a detailed accounting of the performance of the company’s products and operations and progress on goals related to 10 of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

“Every year I look forward to sharing this document with the public as it helps explain who ROCKWOOL is and why we exist. Our products have an important role to play in solving some of society’s biggest challenges, especially related to climate change and urbanization”, says CEO Jens Birgersson.

“At the same time, our focus is on improving the environmental and safety performance of our operations and robustness of our internal processes, to reduce our footprint and ensure that ROCKWOOL continues to have a positive impact on society and the environment”.   

The ROCKWOOL Group’s 2018 Sustainability Report focuses on three areas where the company considers it has the greatest positive impact: combatting climate change, growing the circular economy, and safeguarding people’s wellbeing.  

The company has five operational sustainability goals for 2030 across energy, climate, water, waste and safety that are designed to drive progress on ROCKWOOL’s 10 selected Sustainable Development Goals by reducing the negative impact from operations on material issues. A sixth goal, reclaimed waste, relates to product impact. 

Read the full report to see how we perform against our own sustainability goals and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Some examples of how our products impacted the SDGs in 2018:

•200 million tons of CO2 avoided in the lifetime of building insulation sold in 2018 (SDG 13)

•5,400 TWh heating energy saved in the lifetime of technical insulation sold in 2018 (SDG 7) 

•94 million liters of water saved by greenhouse growing products sold in 2018 (SDG 6)

•300,000 students benefited from better learning environments with Rockfon acoustic solutions (SDG 3)

•130,000 tons of stone wool product waste collected for recycling in our reclaimed waste schemes (SDG 12)


About the ROCKWOOL Group

At the ROCKWOOL Group, we are committed to enriching the lives of everyone who experiences our product solutions. Our expertise is perfectly suited to tackle many of today’s biggest sustainability and development challenges, from energy consumption and noise pollution to fire resilience, water scarcity and flooding. Our product range reflects the diversity of the world’s needs, while supporting our stakeholders in reducing their own carbon footprint.

Stone wool is a versatile material and forms the basis of all our businesses. With more than 11,600 passionate colleagues in 39 countries, we are the world leader in stone wool solutions, from building insulation to acoustic ceilings, external cladding systems to horticultural solutions, engineered fibres for industrial use to insulation for the process industry and marine & offshore.