2020 Sustainability Goals Progress

Owens Corning established its first set of 10-year footprint reduction goals in 2002.  Having significantly reduced our environmental footprint by the end of 2010, we established a new set of footprint reduction goals in 2010.  These new goals raised the bar on our commitment to sustainability and reflect an increasingly holistic approach that encompasses our environmental footprint, the attributes of our products, and our desire to affect change by partnering with our customers and suppliers to deliver sustainable solutions.
With regard to our initial 10-year goals, we had achieved or surpassed all our targets. 

2020 Environmental Footprint Goals
Current footprint goals stretch forward to 2020 and use 2010 as the baseline.  Achieving zero waste-to-landfill is a new long-term goal and underscores our commitment to this area of our footprint reduction.  As before, energy use, greenhouse gas emissions and water consumption remain priorities. We’re making a shift from particulate matter to fine particulate matter and toxic air emissions will replace the prior focus areas of Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) and Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) emissions.  This shift in focus for air emissions acknowledges our past successes and our concern for pollutants that carry greater air quality concerns.

Each environmental footprint goal is detailed in the following paragraphs and is based on intensity measurements.

Waste-to- Landfill
2020 Goal: 70 percent intensity reduction; long-term goal of zero waste-to-landfill
2012 Results: 16 percent intensity reduction compared to 2010
2020 Goal: 20 percent intensity reduction
2012 Results: 0 percent intensity reduction compared to 2010
Greenhouse Gases (GHG)
2020 Goal: 20 percent intensity reduction
2012 Results: 12 percent intensity reduction compared to 2010
Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5)
2020 Goal: 15 percent intensity reduction
2012 Results: 12 percent intensity reduction compared to 2010
Toxic Air Emissions (TAE)
(combination of hexavalent chromium, formaldehyde, manganese, polycyclic aromatic compounds and ammonia emissions)
2020 Goal: 50 percent intensity reduction
2012 Results: 44 percent intensity reduction compared to 2010
Water Consumption
2020 Goal: 35 percent intensity reduction
2012 Results: 9 percent intensity reduction compared to 2010


Sustainability of Products
2015 Goal: Make transparent the total life cycle assessment of all core products by 2015.
2012 Result: Owens Corning was instrumental in bringing together a coalition of the insulation industry to produce Product Category Rules (PCR) as the basis for Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) leading to Environmental Product Declarations (EPD). The PCR for insulation products was issued November of 2011. Data collection and modeling was completed to develop LCA’s for fiberglass insulation, both faced and unfaced, and loosefill insulation products.  Owens Corning issued the first Environmental Product Declarations (EPD’s) for fiberglass insulation in North America in November of 2012.
2020 Goal: Implement continuous and measurable improvements on those impacts.
2012 Result: The 2011 transformation of the entire Residential Insulation product line, to the new EcoTouch Insulation, is an example of the large positive impact that producing more sustainable products can have on our manufacturing environmental footprint.  Work continued in 2012 to transform flex duct insulation and metal building insulation to the EcoTouch platform.  .
2020 Goal: Create the pipeline and increased value through sustainability in the innovation process.
2012 Result: Progress was made in 2012 to identify and measure greener attributes of new product development through an “Eco-Scorecard” system.  The scorecard is part of the findings presented in Product Stewardship reviews which is required for all new or significantly modified products.   Use of LCA data also contributed value to end customers, both those that are creating their own EPD’s or seeking to quantify energy and water use, GHG emissions or waste through their supply chain.
Supply Chain Sustainability
2020 Goal: Set clear expectations for sustainability progress by our suppliers.
2012 Result: The Supplier Code of Conduct was initiated and sent to all suppliers in 2010 setting out Owens Corning expectations. In 2012, with the help of UL Responsible Sourcing, the code was revised and strengthened to incorporate the elements of the UN Global compact and other international standards.  The Code of Conduct was added to terms and conditions for purchase orders.  A second annual Supplier Recognition day featured recognition for sustainability and safety which afforded the opportunity to provide suppliers more information on our commitment and expectations on sustainability.
2020 Goal: Utilize leading-edge sourcing practices
2012 Result: In 2012 suppliers were again prioritized and assessed using a tool that more specifically identified practices in sustainability, safety, productivity and innovation. UL Responsible Sourcing (ULRS) then analyzed the results and created a baseline for measurement of improvement as we continue engagement with suppliers on sustainability and safety in their operations.  The second Supply Chain recognition event was held in September to acknowledge leadership by suppliers and reinforce the importance of the Supplier Code of Conduct.
2020 Goal: Measure and disclose supply chain performance
2012 Result: 320 suppliers received the survey from ULRS. A total of 158 suppliers returned their surveys and were assessed, totaling a 49% response rate. The average risk score was 58 based on a scale of 100.  
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