Ecocel insulation has tiny carbon footprint, EPD reveals

Ecocel insulation has tiny carbon footprint, EPD reveals

Cork-based insulation manufacturer Ecocel has published an environmental product declaration (EPD) for its cellulose insulation which reveals the product has a remarkably low carbon footprint.

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Figures derived from the assessment reveal the product has a carbon footprint in the order of just 0.3 kg of CO2 per kg of product.

Ecocel insulation is manufactured in Cork using recycled newspaper. “We’re delighted to have received this EPD, which provides independent verification of the low carbon footprint of Ecocel,” the company’s John Egan told Passive House Plus.

EPDs are a standardised way of reporting on the environmental impact of construction products, so that architects and specifiers have a clear way of comparing one material with another. They report on environmental impact across a variety of categories including global warming potential, ozone depletion, acidification and eutrophication.

Ecocel also recently received an updated NSAI Agrément certificate for its insulation. The updated certificate lists the thermal densities of the material while also outlining how it can be used to safely insulate stone walls internally.

“Ecocel insulation by its nature allows for the movement of moisture through the material. This means that it is more suited to being used against old stone wall structures, where managing condensation and moisture risks are particularly important,” Egan said.

To read both the EPD and the updated Agrément cert, visit

Last modified on Tuesday, 12 January 2021 14:11

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Ecocel is an eco-friendly home insulation product made from recycled newspapers, which compares favourably with all imported alternatives.