Kingscourt, Ireland — Gene Murtagh, ceo of insulated board and panel firm, Kingspan, has welcomed the planned signing of the Paris Agreement taking place today at the UN General Assembly in New York. The agreement is the output of the COP 21 negotiations in Paris last December.
Earth Day: Kingspan's Murtagh welcomes COP 21 signing
Murtagh said: "The strong outcome of the Paris agreement signals the beginning of the long term path towards decarbonisation through a range of critical areas including energy efficiency and renewable energy generation.
"Working together," he continued, "we can achieve our collective goal of a clean global economy.”
Kingspan has made a commitment to addressing climate change and reducing its own carbon carbon footprint. In 2011 it announced its intention to operate with net zero energy impact by 2020 and is currently on track to exceed an interim target of 50% this year, the company said.
In November 2015 Kingspan was awarded a position on The Climate A List by CDP, the international not-for-profit organisation that measures environmental impact of thousands of companies around the world.
113 “A Listers” appear on the 2015 list, which was been produced at the request of 822 investors who represent more than a third of the world’s invested capital. In December 2015, Kingspan announced that energy efficiency measures had boosted its bottom line by EUR 1m.
Kingspan is a member of the the RE 100 campaign, a global, collaborative initiative of influential businesses committed to 100% renewable electricity.
The RE 100 coalition was established by international environmental not-for-profit The Climate Group, whose ceo Mark Kenber said: “Businesses have a fundamental role to play in delivering a low carbon economy, and the Paris Agreement is giving them the confidence to go further and faster in their efforts.”