At Owens Corning, expanding our impact through sustainability is a core value and an essential element of our business. We recognize that – to be truly sustainable – we must expand our handprint through our strategies and actions, while we continue to shrink our footprint.
We have made great progress against our strategic pillars.
Having met our 2020 greenhouse gas and toxic air emissions goals ahead of schedule, we announced increased 2020 commitments of 50 percent and 75 percent reductions for these environmental impacts respectively, and incorporated science-based greenhouse gas target-setting methodology into our strategy.
We completed purchase agreements for 250 megawatts of wind energy and installed a 2.4-megawatt photovoltaic canopy over the employee parking lot at our headquarters — the largest system of its kind in the Midwest United States.
Product and Supply Chain Sustainability
We built a nonwovens plant which will produce an exclusive innovative portfolio of formaldehyde free products for various building product applications.
We gave new life to 2.5 billion pounds of end-of-life shingles through our recycling networks, a 4 percent year-over-year increase, and added 1.4 billion pounds of recycled glass into our Insulation products, a 7 percent year-over-year increase.
Energy Efficiency and Durable Material Solutions at Scale
Our growing product and systems portfolio, coupled with our world class building science capabilities, has positioned us with leading professionals in commercial building enclosure design and construction to create high efficiency, durable solutions.
We collaborated with builders across North American builders to incorporate building-science expertise in building cost-effective, energy efficient homes, including a growing number of net zero-energy homes.
Safety, Health, Employee Engagement and Community Vitality
Our people are safer having reduced recordable incidents by 7 percent year-over-year, and we integrated wellness and sustainability into our safety and health strategies.
We provided a substantial amount of volunteers, products and financial support to assist more than 1,600 needy families in obtaining safe, affordable, energy-efficient housing through Habitat for Humanity, and we expanded our efforts in India by providing clean drinking water systems.
We are proud to have earned placement, for the seventh consecutive year, in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index in recognition of our sustainability initiatives, and for the fourth straight year, as the Industry Leader for the building products group. We were also honored by the U.S. EPA with a 2016 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Energy Management award.
Explore our sustainability site to track our progress.