Environment and Climate
Temporent has extensive experience in environmental work and we have been certified according to ISO 14001 since 1999.
We are actively working to reduce our environmental impact of products throughout their life cycle, both in the development of new or existing modular systems and in the handling of modules and accessories in ongoing projects. We do this, for example, through our choice of material, use of resources, energy and water and our management of waste. We are also focused on reducing the environmental impact of transport. In 2011 we took the decision to offset all our module shipments through the purchase of emission allowances. By doing this we also support the climate change work of the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation.
Flexator, our module manufacturer, also achieved environmental certification in 1999.
With production and handling of the modules, we have great opportunities to make an impact. We are also increasingly reducing the environmental impact of our products during operational time.
Climate change is important
The Swedish government has set tough targets for climate change policies. By 2020, 50 percent of Sweden's energy must come from renewable sources and greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced by 40 percent. In addition, energy consumption will be 20 percent more efficient. (Source: regeringen.se)
Reducing energy demand
An investigation by the Swedish Energy Agency (Energy use in schools) shows that about half of schools' electricity consumption relates to the activities or property. So there is a lot to learn by looking at how energy use in its various activities could be affected by different measures. For Temporent we take it for granted that our modules should have smart features that reduce energy. These include heat recovery, time-controlled ventilation, presence-controlled lighting, individual heat control and temperature reduction at night, weekends and holidays.
To reduce energy consumption and environmental impact it is also important that heating of the modular buildings is as efficient as possible. We do this by ensuring that buildings have a good building envelope. That means having good insulation in walls, floors and ceilings. The modules meet the National Housing Board's requirements that were in force at the time they were designed or produced. With the simple option of a heating pump they can also meet today's stringent requirements at a low cost.
The energy needs for heating a module are not dependent on how it is heated. What is important from an environmental perspective is how the energy is generated. I good idea could be to sign an electricity contract for electricity generated exclusively by hydropower with guaranteed origin.