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Paper-hemp insulation pilot production

Reference: LIFE17 ENV/LV/000335 | Acronym: LIFE_PHIPP



The market for insulation material in Europe was calculated at 235 million cubic metres in 2014. It is expected to grow at over 3% per year until 2022. The most commonly-used insulation material is synthetic mineral wool, followed by polystyrene and polyurethane. Mineral wool is a low-cost material that is easy to transport, but little of it is recycled: over 90% goes to landfill.


LIFE_PHIPP will demonstrate the environmental benefits and cost effectiveness of a new type of building insulation material made of recycled paper and hemp fibre. This will be manufactured at a pilot facility in Latvia. The new insulation mats are designed to be easy-to-install, structurally sound and with thermal insulation properties comparable to those of mineral wool. Other advantages will include breathability, recyclability and health safety benefits. The product will be manufactured at about one-third of the cost of pure natural fibre material. It will be displayed in retail building material stores making it widely accessible to individual home owners.

This LIFE project is in line with the objectives of the EU Circular Economy Action Plan. It addresses the circular economy concept through actions spanning the value chain or ensuring the use of secondary resources / scrap materials / wastes in other industries or value chains.

Expected results:

  • A stable production process capable of manufacturing 250 cubic metres per day of paper-hemp building insulation mats (batts), which can supply 7% of the estimated market of mineral wool insulation in Latvia;
  • An expected lifetime of at least 10 years for the pilot plant, which will manufacture different blended insulation materials, develop and test new combinations and mixes and provide demonstration material for different markets and applications;
  • All required certification and eco-labelling for demonstration and sale of the insulation mats in Latvia and three key markets - UK, Germany, and Finland. The news mats will be installed in demonstration buildings in all four countries;
  • Draft green procurement specifications and technical information on the design, installation, use and end-of-life disposal of the paper-hemp insulation mats for each of the four target markets; and
  • Manufacturing process and new product presented to at least 50 organisations in Europe, including potential technology entrepreneurs, manufacturers of loose paper or hemp insulation, paper collectors and recyclers, and professional associations of civil engineers and architects.


    Reference: LIFE17 ENV/LV/000335
    Acronym: LIFE_PHIPP
    Start Date: 03/08/2018
    End Date: 30/06/2023
    Total Budget: 2,943,225 €
    EU Contribution: 1,761,135 €
    Project Location:


    Coordinating Beneficiary: SIA Balticfloc
    Legal Status: PNC
    Address: Ata Kronvalda Street 40/22-601, LV-4101, Cesis, Latvia Latvija
    Contact Person: Jurgis Meistters
    Tel: 317 286335748

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    • Construction and demolition waste
    • Waste recycling


    • environmental awareness
    • environmentally friendly product
    • waste use
    • waste recycling
    • building material
    • building industry
    • ecolabel
    • paper industry
    • building renovation
    • resource conservation


    • Directive¬†2008/98 - Waste and repealing certain Directives (Waste Framework Directive) (19.11.2008)
    • COM(2015)614 - "Closing the loop - An EU action plan for the Circular Economy" (02.12.2015)


    Name Type
    SIA Balticfloc Coordinator
    None Participant