Waalwijk, Netherlands: Thermaflex, a solution provider for thermal energy systems, has announced receiving the Cradle to Cradle Certified Bronze for its ThermaSmart PRO technical tube and sheet insulation for existing installations, which the company claims is the world’s only one of its kind. The announcement further claims that the product is the only technical insulation solution to receive such a certification.
Explaining the certification process, Thermaflex said that through the Cradle to Cradle Certified commitment, manufacturers continuously strive to eliminate the concept of waste, stimulate the use of renewable energy and make a positive impact on employees and local communities. The assessment, said Thermaflex, is carried out through five Cradle to Cradle Certified categories of ecological and social efficiency, and their subsequent effectiveness on health, society and environment.
A few of the measures, the company said, it has taken to ensure sustainability and material health of its products are, 100% component recyclability and non-toxicity; a “Reclaim” programme to maximise recycling and re-use of materials; purchase of 95% of energy in Europe from renewable sources; signing a Code of Cooperation agreement with suppliers to ensure compliance with Thermaflex policies and international standards on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption; and 80% of components used are made with Life Cycle Assessments (LCA).
Its commitment to healthy environments and making scarce resources meet future demands has led it to achieve a 90% Cradle to Cradle Certified recognition, the company said, and added that it has also earlier received certification for Flexan 600, flexible, pre-insulated pipes for thermal energy transport, which was upgraded from Cradle to Cradle Certified Basic to Silver, followed now by Bronze for ThermaSmart PRO. No product has reportedly made it to the Platinum level, yet.
“We value the Cradle to Cradle framework, which provides both guidance and focus in our dream of a sustainable future for generations to come,” said Ties van Beurden of Quality Assurance at Thermaflex.