Ceramic Industry

2008 Sustainability Report Available from Owens Corning (posted 8/10/09)

August 10, 2009
The report outlines the progress that the company is making in greening its operations and its products.

Owens Corning recently released its third annual Sustainability Report, which outlines the progress that the company is making in greening its operations, greening its products and accelerating energy efficiency improvements. The report details the company’s efforts to reduce its environmental footprint, improve the safety of its operations, promote energy efficiency in buildings and support renewable energy sources.

“Our 2008 Sustainability Report demonstrates our dedication to accelerating the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions around the world, while at the same time reducing the resource and emission intensity of manufacturing our own products,” said Frank O’Brien-Bernini, chief sustainability officer. “We are making steady progress and remain committed to achieving our sustainability goals.”

Results highlighted in the report include:
  • Raising public awareness of the need and opportunity to improve the energy efficiency of homes and buildings, including encouraging homeowners to take advantage of tax credits for energy-efficient improvements and examine their eligibility for weatherization assistance
  • Continuing reduction of the company’s energy intensity, with a decline of 17% since 2002
  • Continuing footprint reductions by applying sustainable innovations, including advanced glass melting technology, while integrating the 16 facilities acquired as part of the company’s composites acquisition in 2007
  • Becoming the first corporate supporter of the Pickens Plan and expanding the plan to include a focus on increasing energy efficiency in homes and buildings
  • Installing North America's largest Conserval Engineering’s SolarWall solar air heating system at the company’s Toronto facility to reduce energy consumption
  • Earning U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) STAR status for outstanding safety programs at the company’s Denver, Colo., and Tiffin, Ohio, facilities
The full report and a downloadable summary progress report are available at http://sustainability.owenscorning.com.