Sustainability Report 2018

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Impact built-in

ROCKWOOL has committed to 10 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which serve as our blueprint for building a better tomorrow. In 2018, we have increased our positive contribution to the SDGs through the impacts of our products and the efforts we have made to minimise our operational impacts.

Our products contribute to combatting climate change, growing the circular economy and safeguarding the wellbeing of citizens. For example, the building insulation we sold in 2018 will be saving 100 times the CO2 generated to produce them in their lifetime. Our Grodan growing solutions enabled 76% more vegetables to be grown compared to soil-based horticulture. Our Rockfon acoustic solutions improved the learning conditions of more than 300 000 students globally in 2018. 

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A year of highlights. Graphic from Group Sustainability Report 2018

Three core elements of the 2018 report

Combatting climate change

Today, buildings consume 30 percent of the world’s energy use. By renovating and filling them with high-quality, recyclable, and fire-resistant insulation such as ROCKWOOL’s, we could reduce the heating demand of buildings by 70 percent.

Energy saving built-in. Divider page for Combatting climate change. SR18.
Original photo 20180620 GMC PHO 938.

Growing the circular economy

In 2018, we recycled approximately 130 000 tonnes of stone wool from the market and doubled the number of countries in which we offer recycling programmes – and we’re aiming to increase that number three-fold by 2030. We’re also working to reduce the waste we send to landfill as well as our own water consumption and the energy and carbon intensity of our production processes.

Circularity built-in. Divider page for Growing the circular economy. Sustainability Report 18 (SR18).
Original photo 20190401_GMC_PHO_1356

Safeguarding citizens’ wellbeing

Our commitment to safety and wellbeing extends to our products, which include non-combustible insulation and cladding that help stop the spread of fire as well as our acoustic ceiling tiles that reduce unwanted noise and help create healthier, more productive, and less disruptive indoor environments.

Safe and sound built-in. Divider page for Safeguarding citizens' wellbeing. 
Sustainability Report 2018 (SR18). 
Original photo 20190401_GMC_PHO_1354
Enhanced acoustics
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Students benefited from better learning environments with Rockfon acoustic solutions

CO2 avoided
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Tonnes of CO2 avoided in the lifetime of building insulation sold in 2018

Water saved
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Litres of water saved by greenhouse growing products sold in 2018

Jens Birgersson, Group Management,CEO, white background
Every year I look forward to sharing this document with the public as it helps explain who ROCKWOOL is and why we exist

Jens Birgersson

CEO, ROCKWOOL Group

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