With an eye toward broadening the impact of its Green Edge sustainability initiative, Shaw Industries has announced two new ‘green’ efforts. The flooring maker has become a “founding reporter” of greenhouse gas reporting agency The Climate Registry. Additionally, Shaw said it is partnering with the U.S. Department of Energy to find ways to reduce energy usage in its plants by 25 percent in the next 10 years.
“Shaw is serious about energy
reduction,” said Rick Ramirez, Shaw’s vp sustainability and environmental
affairs. “From becoming a founding reporter of The Climate Registry, to
committing in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy to a 25 percent
reduction in energy intensity, Shaw will continue to lead the industry in
environmental sustainability while providing consistent and measurable results
regarding the Shaw Green Edge promise.”
The Climate Registry is a non-profit
organization aiming to measure and publicly report greenhouse gas emissions “in
a common, accurate and transparent manner” throughout North America. As a
founding reporter, Shaw will calculate, verify and publicly report its
greenhouse emissions annually.
Additionally, as part of Shaw’s
pledge to substantially reduce energy, the company will attend the Industrial
Energy Efficiency Summit on June 5 in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The event is aimed at
improving industrial energy efficiency and productivity throughout the
Southeast. Industry leaders, government officials and utility executives are
set to attend the event.
Vance Bell, Shaw’s CEO, said
the new partnerships are important milestones in the company’s environmental pledge.
“Sustainability fully defines Shaw’s business model as the foundation necessary
to continue positioning the company as the industry leader today and in the
future,” he noted.
Shaw to reduce energy by 25 percent as part of ‘green' efforts
June 4, 2008