We’ve all heard insulation described as the low-hanging fruit, the simplest, most effective option in energy efficiency and emission reduction. But the keynote speaker at the CPI’s technical conference for 2010, sustainability expert Andrew Winston, introduced the even more graphic concept of, “fruit on the ground” for simple, highly effective measures such as insulation.
And he coupled this with the idea of thinking heresies about your business, citing as an example, the idea that distribution companies could actually slow down shipping, as Maersk and Conway Freight have done, allowing them to save large amounts of energy on non-urgent shipments.
Winston noted that the McKinsey report diagram on energy efficiency illustrates dramatically how much energy can be saved for all types of input, showing clearly that insulating buildings is the cheapest and single most effective action in cutting energy use and, as a result, greenhouse-gas emissions.
And he said the sector must capitalise on the McKinsey observation that for every pound of CO2 produced in the manufacture of PU insulation, 233 pounds of CO2 are saved over its lifetime use.
Winston was giving the keynote presentation 11 Oct to an assembled audience of some 750 polyurethane experts at the technical conference of the CPI, being held in…