Troldtekt, which supplies acoustic panels to the construction industry, has invested massively in its factory in Denmark. As a result of these investments, energy consumption per produced square metre has decreased by about 20% – in line with the company’s focus on Cradle to Cradle and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The energy comes mainly from wind power and biofuels.
The inauguration of a new factory line in 2019 has resulted in an even more environmentally efficient production of Troldtekt acoustic panels. Troldtekt is a Danish company which produces in Denmark using the local raw materials wood and cement. Internationally, the acoustic panels are sold through subsidiaries in Germany and Sweden and partners in several other markets.
Troldtekt’s new CSR report shows that energy consumption per produced square metre of acoustic panel fell from 25.47 MJ (megajoules) in 2018 to 21.95 MJ in 2019. Following the investments which have been made in recent years in the old factory line, which still accounts for half of production, energy consumption had already been reduced from 27.76 MJ in 2017. Thus, the total reduction is 20.9%.
“We produce millions of square metres of panels a year, so when, in the space of two years, we cut energy consumption per unit by a fifth, it makes quite a difference for the environment. It’s very positive that we’re already seeing benefits from the DKK 180 million we invested in the new factory line,” says Peer Leth, CEO of Troldtekt A/S.
He highlights the fact that producing the acoustic panels is based on wind power through a climate partnership agreement with Denmark’s largest energy company, Ørsted. Troldtekt has its own biomass boiler on the factory site, so process heat and heating the production halls is based on carbon-neutral biomass.
The factory upgrades and our focus on renewable energy tie in with Troldtekt’s strategic focus on the sustainable design concept Cradle to Cradle – and UN Sustainable Development Goal 12 (Responsible consumption and production), which is one of the four SDGs which Troldtekt is focusing on, and which is elaborated on in the new CSR report.
“Our first step was to focus on SDG 12 and SDG 15 (Life on land) and the four underlying targets, which we have been working with continually for the past couple of years. We have now evaluated, and decided to add two more goals and three new targets,” says Peer Leth, adding:
“When giving external presentations about our CSR work, I often meet people who are unsure about how to tackle the Sustainable Development Goals. Many people think that you have to work with all 17 of the goals, including the 169 targets. At Troldtekt, rather than taking too much on board at once, we decided from the outset to focus on the areas which we’re able to influence to the greatest extent.”
The SDGs which Troldtekt has added in 2019 are SDG 3 (Good health and well-being) and SDG 17 (Partnerships for action).
In 2019, Troldtekt achieved results within all four of the UN Sustainable Development Goals which are focus areas for the company:
The English version of the report will be uploaded to the UN at the end of May as part of Troldtekt’s membership of the UN Global Compact, a worldwide voluntary CSR initiative. Troldtekt has uploaded a CSR report to the UN annually since 2010.