Interface's Journey to Sustainability
An Effective Practice
Interface is a resource-intensive company whose largest divisions are petroleum dependent. With sales in approximately 110 countries and manufacturing facilities at 28 sites on four continents, the company makes a significant impact on the planet's commerce and ecology. In 1994 the company's CEO decided to make a commitment to sustainability, and as a result Interface has charted a course to become a sustainable industrial enterprise that is constantly striving to reduce its eco-footprint.
Goal / Mission
Interface's sustainability goals involve reducing their greenhouse gas emissions, reducing non-renewable energy use, and increasing renewable energy use in their production process.
Results / Accomplishments
There have been over 400 sustainability initiatives undertaken so far. Energy efficiency drives have been implemented since 1996 throughout manufacturing plants and to 2005 these resulted in a 36% reduction in total energy usage per square metre of manufactured carpet. During the same time period, Interface also acheived a 52% absolute reduction in C02. 11% of the company's energy now comes from renewable sources, and four of its global facilities operate with 100% renewable electricity. A variety of emissions offsetting programs are also in place, including Cool Carpet, Trees for Travel, Cool Fuel, and Cool Co2mmute. Since 1996, costs avoided from waste elimination activities have totalled $299 million USD, and waste to landfill has been reduced by 65%.
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- Interface, Inc.
2859 Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta, GA 30339
Environment / Energy & Sustainability
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Environment / Weather & Global Warming
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