Owens Corning, Toledo, Ohio, has announced what it says is significant progress toward achieving its 2020 environmental footprint goals, and declared its intentions to expand its “handprint” beyond the walls of its facilities. The company released the results in its eighth annual sustainability report.
The company defines its handprint as the net-positive effects of its products, work-to-drive energy efficiency and climate-impact improvements across the built environment, and improving the lives of employees, their families and their communities.
The company's 2020 goals were designed to expand the scope and raise the bar on its commitment to sustainability.
"Our footprint reduction accomplishments are representative of the progress we have made this past year," says Frank O’Brien-Bernini, Owens Corning’s vice president and chief sustainability officer. "We've received growing interest and support for our net-positive handprint accounting. It has led us to consider new business models and new ways of serving our customers that we hadn't considered before."
The company’s sustainability highlights of 2013 include:
- Recycled one million tons of asphalt shingles in North America, representing about 10 percent of the market;
- commissioned the largest on-site solar PV system in New York state at the Delmar Ecotouch insulation plant;
- doubled freight miles driven on natural gas (converted from diesel), paving the way to run 15 percent natural gas miles in 2014; with a goal of 50 percent by 2020;
- signed the climate declaration calling on U.S. policymakers to address climate change and joined the Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP) advocacy organization;
- assisted nearly 4,000 families through the donation of insulation and roofing materials for their homes; and
- impacted the lives of more than 5,500 children in China by constructing nutritional food kitchens in rural schools.
The full report and a downloadable summary progress report are available at http://sustainability.owenscorning.com.