J+J Flooring Group released a progress update towards its 20/20 Vision environmental performance goals in advance of its forthcoming sustainability report, which is scheduled for release in June. Designed to serve as an operational guidepost for managing J+J’s environmental performance, the 20/20 Vision sets forth five key goals the organization is working to achieve by the year 2020.
The company successfully achieved the first goal, eliminating the use of landfills, when it became a third-party certified Zero Waste to Landfill manufacturer. The remaining 20/20 Vision goals include: reducing water usage by 66%; reducing energy intensity by 20%; cutting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 20%; and increasing the use of bio-based, recycled or renewable content in products to 33%.
Progress towards the company’s 2016 performance goals include: a 34% water consumption reduction since 2010, including a 10.9% water consumption reduction in 2016; completing the goal of 23% energy use reduction since 2010, including a 9.4% reduction in 2016; and an 18% reduction in GHG emissions since 2010, including a 3.4% reduction in 2016.
As part of the company’s broader commitment to thinking differently about energy consumption, the company also offset more than 50% of its direct energy consumption in 2016 with the purchase of renewable energy credits through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Green Power Partnership.
“Improving environmental performance is a process that involves every member of the J+J community,” said Russ Delozier, director of sustainability. “Our progress to date is the result of the collective engagement and commitment of employees across our company. From an operational standpoint, because our facilities are centrally located on a single campus, we also have the agility and flexibility to invest in and swiftly implement those improvements that stand to affect the greatest returns.”
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