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VELUX climate commitment

The VELUX Group has made a commitment to people and planet and works systematically to limit the negative impact of its activities on the environment and the world’s natural resources.

Addressing climate change is part of this commitment, and by developing sustainable building solutions and providing products for healthy and attractive homes, the VELUX Group contributes to a more climate friendly future.

The VELUX climate commitment
In the VELUX Group, we have set an ambitious goal to cut our CO2 emission by 50% in 2020 compared to the 2007 level across the entire company, including production facilities and offices.

“Our efforts to create sustainable buildings are only credible if we run a sustainable business. Driving down carbon emissions in our activities is an important part of our commitment to running a sustainable business,” says Jørgen Tang-Jensen, CEO, the VELUX Group.

We are already far ahead of our own goals. In 2014 we managed to cut CO2 emissions by 29%. Currently, we are reducing our carbon footprint 15% more than required by the EU, making us 9 years ahead of the EU emission reductions.

Systematic energy management, increased use of waste wood for heating and green electricity are some of the measures that we are combining to reach the 2020 climate targets.

Buildings part of the solutions
Running a climate friendly business is a step in the right direction but the big CO2 emission and energy saving potential, however, resides within the building sector. Buildings account for around 40% of total energy consumption in Europe and is recognised as the biggest energy consumer of Europe’s three most energy-intensive industries (buildings, transport, industry).

“An intensified focus on the potential of energy savings in buildings is an important lever in energy and carbon emission reductions. Based on 26 model homes built or renovated across 12 countries, we have shown that it is possible to meet the EU 2020 energy saving targets with technology and know-how available today,” says Jørgen Tang-Jensen, CEO, the VELUX Group.

The Paris Climate Agreement: a step in the right direction
The climate change agreement adopted at the climate change negtiations in Paris, in December 2015, was a step in the right direction.

“We were indeed satisfied with the result of the COP21 negotiations in Paris and glad so see that for the first time ever, buildings were on the agenda. Energy renovation projects can be started immediately and make a valuable contribution to economic growth, too,” says Jørgen Tang-Jensen, CEO, the VELUX Group 

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