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Reducing the energy consumption of buildings is key to reducing climate change, say Rockwool

Life on earth depends on a delicate temperature interval of only a few degrees. Every year we see even small changes in global temperature having drastic consequences for our climate and living conditions.

Our excessive combustion of fossil fuels puts exorbitant amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere. High levels of CO2 mean heat from the earth is retained in the atmosphere thus intensifying the ‘green house effect’ and global warming. Gases such as N2O, CH4 and fluorine gases further add to global warming. The last decade has produced a series of troubling records in average global temperature. Records that are unprecedented in the history of temperature recording.

According to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) the average temperature is expected to increase by 1-5°C over the next century. CO2 emissions must be reduced by 60-80% before 2050 if we should have a chance to reduce the average global temperature increase to ‘only’ 2ºC.  Fast action is crucial in order to prevent “tipping points”. The consequences of a more extreme climate can be devastating.

The ROCKWOOL Group is actively engaging with policy makers, advocating climate change mitigation actions, i.e. better CO2 and energy efficiency in buildings and industrial processes. As an individual company they seek regular personal contact with politicians, committees and regulatory authorities. They engage in conferences (including UN Climate Summits) such as the COP 15 held in Copenhagen in December 2009. Their engagement also goes through third-party organizations, such as the European insulation Manufacturers Asssociation EURIMA. Rockwool CEO, Eelco van Heel, is supporting the 2050 vision of a world so energy efficient that renewable energy can cover its needs.

One of the key means to reach the goal of emitting 50-85 % less CO2 by 2050 is to reduce the energy consumption in buildings. The major CO2 contributors in Europe are illustrated below.

 Heating and cooling are the main energy consumers in buildings and account for two thirds of a building’s total energy consumption. However in some buildings, most of this energy is wasted due to inadequate insulation. In most cases well-proven energy efficiency techniques, can be cut 70 to 90 % of a building’s energy need for heating or cooling.

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