Dalton, Ga. -- Shaw Industries has achieved carbon neutrality in its commercial carpet manufacturing operations. The achievement encompasses all commercial carpet manufacturing facilities that Shaw owns and operates globally, including those for Patcraft, Philadelphia Commercial, Shaw Contract, and STS.
“What we manufacture and the spaces our clients design make an impact,” said Tim Conway, vice president of sustainability for Shaw’s commercial division. “By reducing Shaw’s carbon footprint, we reduce the impact of what we create together.”
Shaw achieved carbon neutrality across its commercial carpet operations by first reducing its energy consumption, then switching to cleaner fuels; producing renewable energy at its own facilities; and incentivizing additional renewable energy development and usage through the purchase of renewable energy credits. These efforts include installing a 1 MW solar array atop its carpet tile manufacturing facility in Cartersville, Ga., in 2013.
Companywide, Shaw’s greenhouse gas emissions have improved by approximately 25% compared to 2010 and the company has a target of reducing both the amount of energy it uses and the amount of GHG emissions it produces by 40% by 2030 (per pound of finished product).
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