Owens Corning Sustainability Report: Four Environmental Goals Met Ahead of Schedule
.. Owens Corning has exceeded its intensity goals for nitrogen oxides emissions, particulate matter, and water, and met its waste-to-landfill reduction goal, according to the company’s fourth annual Sustainability Report. The company also has made progress towards its energy and volatile organic compound (VOC) goals but still needs more work to meet its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goal.
The manufacturer of energy-saving insulation and composites used in wind turbine blades has set reduction targets across several environmental performance areas: energy by 25 percent, GHG emissions by 30 percent, NOx by 25 percent, VOCs by 25 percent, particulate matter by 20 percent, waste-to-landfill by 35 percent and water by 15 percent.
The manufacturer has reduced the energy intensity of its operations by 13 percent from 2002 to 2009 and expects to meet the 2012 reduction goal of 25 percent. Absolute usage is down 31 percent from 2002, but reduced business activity, combined with energy base loads in certain processes, has eroded some of the energy intensity reductions previously achieved, according to the report.