Protect our planet

At Armacell, our commitment to environmental protection is part
and parcel of our corporate philosophy and business strategy.

We measure our success by the added value that our innovative solutions deliver to a diverse range of industries – benefits of societal and ecological significance. Our PET foam solutions made of 100% recycled bottles are the best example of our efforts towards sustainability. This is part of what we do to protect our planet.

We actively contribute to moving towards a sustainable society. To save resources and protect the planet, we firmly believe in collaboration and support valuable initiatives that help creating the society of tomorrow. Be it by donating products, money or time, Armacell values these actions and involves with them.

Plastic Whale

Plastic Whale is the first professional plastic fishing company in the world. A social enterprise with a mission: make the world’s waters plastic-free and create value from plastic waste. Armacell is a proud supplier of this company.

In 2019, distributors met our sales and marketing team during a two-day event in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. All the participants got actively involved in the Plastic Whale movement. They jumped onto boats to clear plastic waste from the city's canals. The harvested PET bottles were sent to a shredding company. The shredded plastic serves as a raw material for our ArmaPET products, which are used in the construction of Plastic Whale boats, allowing the social enterprise to fish even more waste. 

Discover our 100% recycled PET foam solutions

PlasticWhale.com

Solar Autonomous Antartica

Armacell supported this project which targets heading the South Pole in a vehicle made of plastic waste and powered by the sun. The Solar Voyager vehicle was built with our PET material. 

Discover our 100% recycled PET foam solutions

Clean2Antarctica.nl

Insulation is key. To meet the growing demand for energy while at the same time protecting our planet for future generations, improving the energy efficiency of technical equipment is a prerequisite. The key technology for increasing energy efficiency is insulation. This is the role we want to play.

Our products save energy

Our insulation solutions play a crucial role in protecting equipment against energy losses in millions of applications worldwide.

  • 140x more energy saved in an ArmaFlex® product lifetime than required to manufacture it.
  • ArmaGel™ – 5x superior thermal performance than competing insulation products.
  • 33% less CO2 emissions by manufacturing ArmaPET® with recycled PET flakes.

First steps towards a circular economy

Armacell offers a wide range of environmentally friendly solutions based on 100% recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET). Until today, more than 1.7 billion PET bottles have been re-used to produce ArmaPET products. Our green foams made from post-consumer PET are installed, for example, in the rotor blades of wind turbines. Instead of a service life of just weeks, our PET foam cores endure several decades.

 

Reduce, reuse and recycle

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The increasing scarcity of resources is one of the greatest challenges of our times. Armacell is conscious about it and acts to address this challenge. To use resources as efficiently as possible, we are always searching for ways to reduce raw material use, energy consumption and waste.

One of the greatest challenges humankind faces is increasing resource scarcity. Measured against a set of KPIs, our environmental performance exhibits a positive trend. To enhance our environmental performance and awareness, we are constantly improving data accuracy and collection consistency.

WATER CONSUMPTION* in l

ENERGY CONSUMPTION* in MJ

CO₂ EMISSIONS* in kg

RECYCLED WASTE* in %

* per metric ton of goods, 2019 numbers  restated
  read more about our data on CO₂ emissions

Waste management

In 2020, Armacell recycled 54% more of its production-related waste than in 2016. Excellent progress in waste reduction was achieved by using the so-called 5R approach: Refuse/Reject (i.e. not producing waste in the first place), Reduce (waste), Reuse (before waste is even produced), Recycle (waste) and Recover (energy recovery). The 5R approach has brought significant advances at several plants.

In Panyu, China, powder from the dust collectors is reused as raw material, which saves 7.5 metric tons a year in waste and raw materials terms. Elastomeric scrap from Begur plant in Spain is granulated and shipped to the Oldham plant in the UK for use in the production of ArmaSound® acoustic insulation material, which saves 1.2 metric tons of landfill waste per year. A further 1.7 metric tons of waste is avoided by putting less film into the pallets of finished goods. 

At the Środa Śląska plant in Poland, 310 metric tons of waste are saved by reusing rubber waste to produce the surfaces of tennis courts. And at the Pune plant, 13 metric tons carton paper are saved by reducing the amount used in packaging for finished goods. In our manufacturing processes, we continue to make every effort to "close the loop" as a key sustainability goal.

Certifications

As part of our efforts to maintain the highest ecological standards, our environmental and energy management systems are subjected to regular auditing by external authorities. As a result, 13 of our plants are environmentally certified to ISO 14001, and the energy management systems at our facilities in Münster and Friesenhofen are certified to ISO 50001.

EU Projects

At Armacell, we are convinced that working in teams with other companies has benefits. This is why we are proud to be a partner in two Horizon 2020 projects.

SWEETWOODS

Can we decrease our dependency on finite fossils fuels? Is there a more sustainable alternative to petroleum as the raw material for foam products? To find answers to these questions Armacell is one of the partners in the EU-funded SWEETWOODS project.

SWEETWOODS has brought together nine bio-innovation oriented partners from all over Europe with the aim of creating added value for lignocellulosic biomass. The value chain starts with enzymatic lignin depolymerisation and the conversion of sugars to produce high-purity wood-derived intermediates, which are then processed into a variety of biofuels and bio-chemicals. Armacell’s researchers are currently developing lignin-based feedstock recipes in the laboratory. The next stage will involve pilot-scale testing, with industrial-scale production as the longer-term goal. What is driving Armacell? The desire for true bio-based feedstock, the replacement of organic flame retardants and potential cost savings. 

PlastiCircle

A coffee to go, a handy water bottle, a disposable lunch box container – plastic packaging is everywhere and its recycling is an ever-important topic. 

That is why Armacell has become a research partner in the PlastiCircle project for plastic packaging waste chain enhancement. Thanks to our pioneering technology for recycled PET bottles we offer 100% recycled and recyclable PET core foams. Using this expertise, we are looking into new opportunities for post-consumer PET sourcing and its conversion into new full-value products. 

The goal is to move away from a linear 'take, make & dispose economy' towards a circular model, based on the principle of reduce, reuse & recycle. End-of-life products are reused as raw materials to extend the product life cycle and close the loop towards a circular economy. PlastiCircle is one of 23 environment and resources projects selected for funding by the European Union.

Associations

Armacell is a member of multiple initiatives and alliances that promote sustainability and the more efficient use of energy in buildings:

CEFEP
CEFEP

CEFEP

Armacell is a founding member of the European FEF and PEF Interest Group (CEFEP), a syndicate for providers of technical insulation. As an interface for the industry, CEFEP aims to communicate the benefits of its products to the European market, regardless of the manufacturer.

www.cefep.net

EiiF
EiiF

EiiF

Armacell is a founding member of the European Industrial Insulation Foundation (EiiF). As a neutral and non-profit institution, EiiF promotes insulation as a top-of-mind method of enhancing sustainability and profitability.

www.eiif.org

EuroACE
EuroACE

EuroACE

Armacell is a proud member of the European Alliance for Companies for Energy Efficiency in Buildings (EuroACE). The mission of EuroACE is to work together with European institutions to move Europe forward to a more efficient use of energy in buildings.

www.euroace.org

IGBC

Armacell is a member of the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC). Their vision is to enable a sustainable built environment for all and facilitate India to be one of the global leaders in the sustainable built environment by 2025.

www.igbc.in

REC
REC

REC

Armacell is a proud member of the Renovate Europe Campaign (REC). Launched in 2011, REC is a EuroACE initiative and the only EU-wide campaign focusing exclusively on the ambitious renovation of the EU’s building stock.

www.renovate-europe.eu

SGBC

Armacell is a proud member of the Singapore Green Building Council and a signatory of the Singapore Built Environment Embodied Carbon Pledge, committed to support the acceleration of decarbonisation in the built environment.

https://www.sgbc.sg/

USGBC - LEED
USGBC - LEED

USGBC - LEED

Armacell is a proud member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), which is committed to transforming the way our buildings are designed, constructed and operated through LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).

www.usgbc.org

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