Uponor North America
Sustainability for a better world
Reducing environmental impact
Protecting precious resources for future generations
How we manage our most precious resources affects the well-being of people and the planet for generations. As pioneers in water and energy efficiency, Uponor takes that responsibility seriously.
Finding a smarter way…every day.
Uponor helps customers achieve new levels of comfort and safety with less waste by every measure. More than reducing negative impacts, our products, programs and partnerships create net benefits: on the jobsite, in our facilities and supply chain, and in people’s everyday lives. By leading progress on the critical environmental challenges we face, we are preparing our communities and industry to thrive in a changing world.
Four priorities guide Uponor sustainability efforts: Conserve Water, Reduce Waste, Improve Energy Efficiency and Empower Labor.
Protecting every dropWith six billion gallons of clean water lost daily in the U.S., progress on conservation can’t wait. Our commitment to move water forward starts at home.
Restoring watershedBy 2025, we will have a sustainable water footprint at all Uponor facilities as we work to restore watersheds and expand access to drinking water in communities where we live and work. We repurpose rainwater and graywater to provide 100 percent of the water needed in our manufacturing process.
Making water smarterOur smart water systems help eliminate leaks and waste while guiding people to use every drop wisely. Our advanced, leak-resistant plumbing connections are the only PEX connection that actually gets stronger over time, helping move water efficiently. Additionally, our Phyn Plus technology detects leaks before water is wasted, while helping people better understand their use to conserve water and save money.
Giving backThrough donations, volunteerism and education events, we share our products and know-how to help homeowners, employees, pros and communities do more with less. Since 2005, Uponor has donated more than 350 plumbing packages to Habitat for Humanity® homes to put our leading-edge systems where they can do the most good. Our employees have contributed over 15,000 volunteer hours to this and other programs.
Clearing the way to a cleaner worldWaste on the jobsite, in homes and in workplaces is a global problem — and a preventable one. Uponor tackles the issue as far upstream as possible, starting with solutions that cut waste and costs.
Helping our suppliers go greenBy scoring our suppliers on their sustainable practices and guiding them to improve, we are leading the way to greater transparency and a greener supply chain.
Reducing employee impactAs the first World Wildlife Fund-certified Green Office in the United States, we are leaving the world cleaner than we found it through education, recycling events and other initiatives that help workers reduce their impact on and off the job.
Reducing wasteBy 2025, we aim to reduce waste on our building sites to half of 2015 levels, with 100 percent of our scrap and packaging to be recyclable or reusable. We are proud that 40 percent of our one million square feet of plant and office space is LEED-certified.
Tied to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, these priorities allow us to engage local needs and opportunities with a united global focus.
Improve energy efficiency
Becoming lean and greenAs the world’s energy choices evolve, Uponor seeks to be a model for the industry, embracing renewables across our global operation to reduce greenhouse gases and climate impacts.
Partnering with thought leadersAs a member of leading eco-advocacy groups, such as the World Green Building Council, the U.S. Green Building Council and the Minnesota Sustainable Growth Coalition, Uponor is actively working to improve environmental policy and practice industry-wide.
Powering with renewable energyIn step with our sites in Europe, half of the energy used at our U.S. campus will come from wind and solar in 2019, with the goal of 100 percent renewable energy by 2025. We also partner with our local utilities to identify and pursue energy-savings opportunities.
Innovating energy-efficient solutionsOur products make saving energy effortless, like water heating units that use 40 percent less energy than traditional systems. Our hydronic and radiant heating systems minimize water and energy waste, while guiding people to smarter use and financial benefits. We are proud to contribute products and expertise to leading-edge projects such as Solar Decathlon, Los Angeles’ first “passive house,” and Minnesota’s first fully certified Living Building Challenge project.