2020 Goals

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 for 2020. 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.

ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT 2020 Goal 2010 - 2014 Progress

Energy (Primary)

20% intensity reduction

10% intensity reduction

Energy (Consumed)

No intensity goal (Note1)

12% intensity reduction

Greenhouse Gases (GHG)

20% intensity reduction

34% intensity reduction

Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5)

15% intensity reduction

11% intensity reduction

Toxic Air Emissions (TAE)

50% intensity reduction

65% intensity reduction

Waste to Landfill

70% intensity reduction

14% intensity reduction

Water Consumption

35% intensity reduction

29% intensity reduction

Note 1: Energy goal is for primary energy only. For more information, please view the 2020 results page for energy.

2020 Goal 2014 Progress

Make transparent the total life cycle assessment (LCA) of all core products by 2015

We are on track to have LCAs for all core products by the end of 2015.

Owens Corning issued the first Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) for North America fiberglass insulation in November 2012 followed by the first North American extruded polystyrene (XPS) foam insulation EPD in November 2013. EPDs have been issued for mineral wool products with remaining building products to be complete in 2015. All can be found on the UL Sustainable Product Guide or at Owens Corning’s Architectural & Engineering Information Center.

LCA data for composites products has been completed and published data can be found at the American Composites Manufacturing Association site, the Glass Fibers Europe site or by contacting 1-800-GET-PINK®.

2020 Goal 2014 Progress

Implement continuous and measurable improvements on those impacts

Work continues with elimination of formaldehyde in binder formulation with the conversion of 701 Fiberglas™ insulation.  

Other aspects of sustainable attributes are captured in the innovation sustainability mapping tool described below.

2020 Goal 2014 Progress

Create the pipeline and increased value through sustainability in the innovation process

In 2013, a new sustainability mapping tool was created and implemented to provide the development organization with a more comprehensive, user-friendly tool to drive change in the innovation process. 

Measures of sustainability in innovation projects in 2014 showed:

74% of new products and 55% of new applications for our products are showing net sustainability gains. These gains were most frequently caused by product developments that improved our manufacturing footprint (lower plant air emissions, lower material consumption, lower energy usage and higher process efficiencies). Another frequent cause of gains in 2014 was moving to new product designs that use less material.

Net sustainability losses are a low percentage (<10%). Losses were most frequently caused by the use of more materials in the design, manufacture or use of the product including the requirement of more packaging materials.

2020 Goal 2014 Progress

Set clear expectations for sustainability progress by our suppliers

We set clear expectations through the Owens Corning’s Supplier Code of Conduct

The fourth annual Supplier Recognition event was held in September. This event serves as a reminder of the importance of our supply base and the emphasis we place on our Supplier Code of Conduct. Suppliers were formally awarded recognition for best practices in the areas of sustainability, safety, quality, value creation, risk mitigation, and innovation.

2020 Goal 2014 Progress

Use leading-edge sourcing practices

Owens Corning made significant progress in cleansing spend data and implementing governance processes while investing in external data resources to measure risk and supplier information. New spend analytics dashboards and reports were developed using SAP business intelligence tools.

The Supplier Segmentation process, implemented for the top 80% spend, analyzed risk and impact and companies were asked to provide an annual self assessment via a survey. The segmentation analysis is used by commodity leaders to prioritize their efforts of engagement and active management of suppliers. Information gained was used in consideration for the annual supplier recognition and awards event. A new quality improvement process and tool was deployed to all North American plants to identify and correct non-conforming material. A supplier scorecard was developed, piloted and approved and is used to address performance issues with specific critical suppliers

Driving measurable improvements in supplier focus, prioritization, engagement, performance and risk mitigation, the company is on a path to using world-class sourcing practices by 2016.

2020 Goal 2014 Progress

Measure and disclose supply chain performance

We increased the number of suppliers, based on spend and criticality, asked to complete a self assessment survey to 995. Of that, 391 surveys were returned and assessed at a 39% response rate.

An audit, corrective action and new supplier onboarding program was implemented as a result of the 2014 assessment. Four on-site visits were completed.

2020 Goal 2014 Progress

Convert 50% of North American transportation miles from diesel fuel to natural gas

Owens Corning contracts upstream and downstream transportation providers. All transport providers are required to be United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) SmartWay® certified.

In 2012, Owens Corning reported the first wave of fuel switching to natural gas from diesel fuel, and now partners with Dillon Transport, Modern Transport and others on a fuel switch initiative of diesel to natural gas (NG) to deliver energy efficiency, greenhouse gas and other emission reductions.

In 2014, Owens Corning carriers fueled by NG moved product 13 million miles, 30% more than the previous year. This represents 10% of our total road miles in 2014. 

Of our total 142 million miles transported, 24 million miles were travelled using alternative means (natural gas, intermodal, rail) resulting in an emissions avoidance of a little over 20,000 metric tons of CO2e versus just over- the-road with standard diesel fuel. 

Note: our goal had been to convert 50% of miles driven to natural gas, however with low fuel prices; this is no longer a feasible option for our carriers. We will continue to request and support fuel switching while also looking to alternative means for overall emissions reduction of our sourced transportation services.

Our revised goal will be to accomplish the same MTons/mile intensity reductions planned from our work that started in 2012 by the continued conversion of diesel to natural gas powered equipment, as well as increasing utilization of bulk transport such as intermodal and rail (IML) and encourage the use of lower emission equipment available to the marketplace and used by our carriers.