Insulation specialist Actis aims to see all five of its production plants in South-West France fully solar-powered by the end of 2024, with two of them reaching that goal by the end of 2023.
The move will help Actis reduce its reliance on fossil fuels, create a circular economy, and lead the way in minimising the negative impact of construction materials manufactured across the continent.
The first two plants to shift to solar power are its 25,000 sqm Hybris manufacturing operation in Villeneuve d’Olmes, where upgrading is already underway, and another at Actis HQ in Limoux. The remaining three factories – a second in Limoux, one in Chalabre and one in La Bastide de Bousignac, which produces reflective films for the whole Actis Hybrid range – will complete the fully solar-powered line-up by the end of 2024.
The announcement follows the recent receipt of Cradle to Cradle Certification for Actis’ honeycomb style insulation product, Hybris, which has become the only reflective insulation in Europe to earn the international accolade. C2C is the second environmental certification Actis Hybris has earned in the past year, with recent Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) emphasising Hybris’ impressive cradle to grave environmental footprint. Between them, the certification and the EPDs underline the company’s determination to lead the way in helping the industry achieve net zero well before the 2050 deadline.
Actis UK and Ireland sales director, Mark Cooper, said: “We have been known for many years as a restless, constantly innovative insulation manufacturer, committed to leading the way in new technology to help reduce the impact of the construction industry on the environment.
“Not only do our products themselves enable builders to reduce carbon emissions by helping create a thermally efficient home, the very means by which they are manufactured are also sustainable.”