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The cold winter was also tough on the VELUX Group’s CO2 accounts

Home owners were not the only ones who had to turn up the radiators in the bitterly cold months of last year’s winter – so did the VELUX Group. That was tough on the CO2 accounts but the Group still expects to meet its climate strategy target. 
In 2010, CO2 emissions from the VELUX Group’s factories and sales companies rose to 109,700 tons, a 13% increase compared to 2009.

”Although the results are somewhat disappointing for us, we are still confident we will reach our goal of reducing the Group’s overall CO2 emissions. We have set the targets of a 20% reduction of the 2007 figures by 2012 and 50% by 2020,” says Group Director David P. Meyer.

The prime cause of the rise in CO2 emissions is the long, hard winter that necessitated an increase in energy for heating, especially in the drying halls where timber is stored to dry out before being processed to make window frames.

Furthermore, the investments already made to reduce CO2 emissions did not show their full effect in 2010 as they were implemented in the course of the year. This has resulted in the Group saving only 2,000 tons of an expected 7,600. But, if things go according to plan, that saving will be seen in next year’s CO2 accounts.

Finally, the rise is due to increased production – and as the Group’s reduction measures have not yet taken full effect, they were not able to compensate for extra production and a hard winter.

”We have high ambitions for our climate strategy. So we have earmarked no less than DKK 400 million to implement these significant reductions. The money will be used on a broad range of improvements and upgrades in the equipment at our factories and will be spent according to a strict plan,” says David P. Meyer.

In 2010, the VELUX Group invested more than DKK 30 million in improvements to production, with another DKK 36 million planned for 2011.

Many factories have upgraded their wood chip extraction equipment and installed new chip-fired boilers to get the most out of waste timber from processing. Such boilers can meet about 85% of a factory’s heating needs; this means a significant reduction in gas supple-ment, which is of great importance to the CO2 accounts.

A new measure is the introduction of energy management, which is essentially about knowledge and behaviour: switch off the machine when you take a break; turn out the lights; make sure the suction exhaust ducts are clean; and turn on the air-conditioning only when necessary. The introduction of energy management alone is expected to save 2,500 tons of CO2.



About the VELUX Group
The VELUX Group creates better living environments with daylight and fresh air through the roof. The VELUX product programme contains a wide range of roof windows and skylights, along with solutions for flat roofs. The Group also supplies many types of decoration and sun screening, roller shutters, installation products, products for remote control and thermal solar panels for installation in roofs. The VELUX Group, which has manufacturing companies in 11 countries and sales companies in just under 40 countries, represents one of the strongest brands in the global building materials sector and its products are sold in most parts of the world. The VELUX Group has about 10,000 employees and is owned by VKR Holding A/S, a limited company wholly owned by foundations and family. For more details, visit www.velux.com

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The VELUX Group
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