Environmental and Social Policy

AERPANEL has been manufacturing in France since 1992 and in Germany and the UK since 2004. This family-run company has always hinged its strategy around local production, with all profits being reinvested in industrial processes and the development of new products.

A pioneer in the circular economy, AERPANEL now recycles volumes equivalent to its production and recycles all its waste. 

Our initiatives are in line with the United Nations’ sustainable development objectives. Adopted by 193 states, these goals are a call to action for all countries and businesses to join forces and tackle some of the world’s most pressing social and environmental problems.

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Carbon footprint

1. Controlling our energy consumption

We are convinced that controlling energy consumption is a powerful driver in the fight against climate change.

In 2009, the company decided to build its French factory and Group headquarters on a new site equipped entirely with geothermal energy (groundwater heat pump), with a focus on natural lighting and high-performance thermal insulation. The environmental footprint is neutral: zero consumption of fuel oil, gas or fossil fuels to heat and cool the plant.

According to the United Nations’ 17-point “Sustainable Development Goals” framework, point 7,  AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY, states that 60% of global greenhouse gas emissions come from energy.

2. Recovering all our waste

Production offcuts are sorted for recycling. This approach has enabled us to reduce our waste by 90%.

Recyclable XPS polymer offcuts are compacted as far as possible, then shipped back to our German subsidiary for reuse.
Non-recyclable offcuts are used as a substitute fuel for the nearby cement plant.

They produce 30% more combustion energy than conventional heating oil.

Did you know ?

Recyclable products are identified by the familiar triangular pictogram. The number inside does not indicate a possible recycling level, but the number of the material.
The polymer we use is 100% recyclable and can be recycled ad infinitum if it is not combined with another material.
It is represented and recognisable by this pictogram :

3. Balancing production and recycling volumes

XPS is a thermoplastic material that is reintroduced into the manufacturing cycle (grinding, granulation, extrusion).

Thanks to circular agreements with our main partner customers, we recycle volumes of materials equivalent to the volumes produced. 

It is also recycled in other activities such as :

  • Soil improvement
  • Concrete lightening
  • Manufacture of insulating paints
  • Decking

4. Developing lightweight products

Eco-design has been driving innovation at the company for 30 years. Our lightweight panels are manufactured entirely in our European plants, using industrial processes developed in-house. 

The core of the panels in the AIRPLAC® range is 98% air, making it the lightest material on its markets.

The panels in the AERFLY® range are single-material, 100% recyclable and PVC-free.

 Compared to a PVC panel, AERFLY® is 5 times lighter.

The lightness of this product makes it possible to :

  • Significantly reduce the carbon impact during transport
  • Lighter concrete

Comparison diagram, weight per unit area kg/m2 :

5. Maintain the choice of XPS extruded polystyrene

Tarnished by the image of polystyrene beads (EPS) and marine pollution, XPS, a compact product extruded in profiles, sheets or blocks, is a product with exceptional qualities for use in the graphic arts, visual communication and interior design industries.

  • The polystyrene molecule is inert and does not undergo any chemical degradation over time. This makes it perfectly suited for contact with food.
    Most dairy food packaging is made from compact polystyrene.
  • It is naturally white and requires no chemical agents to whiten it.
  • XPS is moisture-resistant.
  • Its extrusion uses very little water and has no impact on forests. 
  • The expansion gases used have no impact on the ozone layer.
  • Unlike some polyurethane foam materials, polystyrene foam does not release highly toxic hydrocyanic acid (HCN) when burnt.
  • It insulates and therefore helps to reduce energy consumption.
  • Polystyrene is easy to recycle. 

6 - Use of PEFC paper

The AIRPLAC® range is made from paper-coated XPS foam.
The paper used is PEFC certified and AERPANEL has signed up to a PEFC certification policy.

The PEFC Council (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) is an international organisation that promotes sustainable forest management through forest certification and the labelling of wood-based products.

7. Manufacturing locally

Manufacturing locally has remained at the heart of our family-owned company’s strategy, with all profits reinvested in industrial processes and the development of new products. AERPANEL has been manufacturing in France since 1992 and in Germany and the UK since 2004. 

8. Supporting science and culture

We provide financial and operational support to the Art for Science association, which works to champion the powers of the brain, to reveal the impact of art on our minds and to support research into brain tumours in adults and children, both with and without the use of drugs.

9. Encouraging all forms of creativity.

We provide financial support or donate materials to arts associations, colleges, artists, architects and communication agencies. With our roots in the world of graphic arts, we are convinced that creativity is an essential source of innovation and well-being. Our materials are, in essence, materials developed for the creative community. 

10. Carbon footprint

We are currently evaluating the company’s carbon footprint. A consultancy firm has been appointed to calculate all our CO2 emissions.

ZI des Vernailles – 320 rue de l’Avenir
69830 St Georges de Reneins
Tel : +33 (0) 474 093 442