Actis aims to see all five of its production plants in south west France fully solar-powered by the end of 2024, with two of them reaching that goal by the end of next year.

The move will help Actis reduce its reliance on fossil fuels, create a circular economy, and lead the way in minimising the negative impact of construction materials manufactured across the continent.

The first two plants to shift to solar power are the 25,000m2 Hybris manufacturing operation in Villeneuve d'Olmes, where upgrading is already under way, and the facility at Actis HQ in Limoux.

The remaining three factories - a second one in Limoux, one in Chalabre, and one in La Bastide de Bousignac - will complete the line-up by the end of 2024.

The announcement follows the recent receipt of Cradle to Cradle (C2C) certification for Actis' honeycomb style insulation product, Hybris, which has become the only reflective insulation in Europe to earn the international accolade.

In fact, C2C is the second environmental certification Actis Hybris has earned in the past year, with recent Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) emphasising Hybris' impressive cradle to grave environmental footprint.

Between them, the certification and the EPDs underline the company's determination to lead the way in helping the industry achieve net zero well before the 2050 deadline.

Mark Cooper, Actis UK and Ireland Sales Director, commented: "We have been known for many years as a restless, constantly innovative insulation manufacturer, committed to leading the way in new technology to help reduce the impact of the construction industry on the environment.

"Not only do our products themselves enable builders to reduce carbon emissions by helping create a thermally efficient home, the very means by which they are manufactured are also sustainable."