BIG moves to cut vinyl production carbon footprint

Beaulieu International Group has moved to cut the carbon emissions of its Wielsbeke vinyl factory with a move to bio-mass energy and says it may still switch to ‘green’ electricity as part of its net zero by 2030 plans.

The company is investing €5m moving from fossil fuels to bio-mass generated steam – produced from non-recyclable wood waste – to power the production plant.

The switch will lead to a 88% reduction in the heat supply and waste gas treatment carbon footprint while providing improved energy efficiency.

‘We are excited about this important step forward in our sustainability journey’, says Wim Coppens, BIG vice-president flooring solutions. ‘By switching to green steam supply for our thermal heating needs, we are not only reducing our environmental impact but also enhancing our operational efficiency. This move underscores our dedication to responsible business practices and ensuring a sustainable future.’

‘At BIG we understand the pressing need for businesses to take proactive steps towards sustainability,’, says Nele Tack, BIG cushion vinyl Europe general manager. Our achievements in waste management, recycling, and the use of renewable materials demonstrate our unwavering commitment to a greener future. But, of course it doesn’t stop there for us, also in our new collections, in our manufacturing operations and in the use of inks for digital printing, we see many opportunities to become even more sustainable and to achieve our ambition to be a zero footprint company by 2030.’

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