Climate action

Climate action

Reducing GHG emissions to combat climate change

Solar panels are one mean to reduce emissions

Reference case: solar panels at Uponor

Action is needed to combat climate change and its effects on the world. We want to do our part in this. As the world’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions need to go down, we are investigating different options for how to reduce our GHG emissions. Solar panels represent one concrete action that we have investigated and taken into use at two of our manufacturing facilities to generate renewable and clean energy.

During 2019, we installed solar panels at our manufacturing facility in Nastola, Finland. The entire installation was working at the end of October. The system produces approximately 270,000 kWh electricity annually. The system has worked well, producing renewable energy for Nastola’s manufacturing facilities.

Uponor is no stranger to solar panels. We also have solar panels at our manufacturing facility in Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA. Since their installation in summer 2016, the panels have generated 120,081 kWh of energy. We have saved an equivalent of 16.5 tons of unused coal since installation.
Apple Valley solar panels

Rethink plastics

Background
  • Real estate and building industry have a direct impact on 11 out of 17 UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)
  • Circular economy offers building industry many possibilities as long as product development and legal standards go hand-in-hand and dialog between industry and law makers works
  • Carbon-neutral living and working environments with well-functioning infrastructure and service network can be developed by combining smart and energy-efficient solutions to buildings and resource-wisdom into urban planning
  • Built environment also refers to infrastructure solutions underground
Regulation
  • Regulation related built environment is very much on a national level 
  • At European Union level, Level(s) is a voluntary reporting framework to improve the sustainability of buildings. Using existing standards, Level(s) provides a common EU approach to the assessment of environmental performance in the built environment
  • The US Environmental Protection Agency’s Sustainable Material Management (SMM) Program strategic plan for years 2017-2022 advances SMM in the built environment stressing the potential to conserve resources and reduce waste as well as the economic benefits

Our actions
  • We provide comfort and convenience of living by developing and producing products that make buildings/ houses more carbon neutral 
  • We are committed to the work of World Green Building Council and the goals of Bringing Embodied Carbon Upfront report which includes Environmental Product Declarations (EPD)
  • We provide extensive Building Information Modelling (BIM) files library that helps managing the construction process as well as provides data of buildings’ environmental performance that will include EPDs in the future
 

Enhancing carbon neutral built environment

Background
  • Real estate and building industry have a direct impact on 11 out of 17 UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)
  • Circular economy offers building industry many possibilities as long as product development and legal standards go hand-in-hand and dialog between industry and law makers works
  • Carbon-neutral living and working environments with well-functioning infrastructure and service network can be developed by combining smart and energy-efficient solutions to buildings and resource-wisdom into urban planning
  • Built environment also refers to infrastructure solutions underground
Regulation
  • Regulation related built environment is very much on a national level
  • At European Union level, Level(s) is a voluntary reporting framework to improve the sustainability of buildings. Using existing standards, Level(s) provides a common EU approach to the assessment of environmental performance in the built environment
  • The US Environmental Protection Agency’s Sustainable Material Management (SMM) Program strategic plan for years 2017-2022 advances SMM in the built environment stressing the potential to conserve resources and reduce waste as well as the economic benefits
Our actions
  • We provide comfort and convenience of living by developing and producing products that make buildings/ houses more carbon neutral
  • We are committed to the work of World Green Building Council and the goals of Bringing Embodied Carbon Upfront report which includes Environmental Product Declarations (EPD)
  • Uponor provides extensive Building Information Modelling (BIM) files library that helps managing the construction process as well as provides data of buildings’ environmental performance that will include EPDs in the future