Interface Posts Latest Global EcoMetrics Report
At the 2006 meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), Interface, Inc. Founder and Chairman, Ray Anderson publicly announced a commitment to make the company a "climate neutral" enterprise by 2020, based on GHG reductions of 6.7% per year over the next 15 years.
"Each of our global businesses is committed to our Mission Zero promise to eliminate any negative impact our companies may have on the environment by 2020," says D. Neel Bradham, vice president of business development and head of Interface’s sustainable strategies team. "Mission Zero demonstrates our commitment to our stakeholders that
Interface will focus on environmental and social sustainability in ways that help us seek economic prosperity, and 2006 was a stellar year for us. We showed continued progress with GHG emission reductions, while production and sales increased dramatically. It is truly a testament to the dedication of our associates worldwide that we have found creative ways to continue to meet over one third of our GHG emission reduction goals through on-site efficiencies and process changes, before relying on carbon offsets."
Also key to Interface's overall strategy on GHG emission reductions is the challenge to reduce its global energy usage to an absolute minimum while increasing product volume and revenue…a somewhat challenging task that Interface has also met with success.
At the same time, Interface is also making great progress toward its commitment to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2020, as it recently announced that 16% of the energy sourced worldwide in 2006 was from renewable sources such as wind, biomass and landfill gas. Currently, seven Interface facilities worldwide are operating with 100% renewable electricity and two other locations are purchasing increasing amounts of green energy in keeping with their facility-specific Mission Zero goals.
Renewable Materials: Highlights from InterfaceFLOR and InterfaceFABRIC
Interface's Mission Zero promise includes a commitment to invest in long-term, raw material solutions that will enable the company to "close the technical loop" on nonrenewable and virgin materials by 2020.
InterfaceFLOR Commercial has launched 27 products with hybrid face fiber blends that combine PLA (polylactic acid, a bio-based fiber) with recycled nylon.
InterfaceFABRIC has introduced and successfully marketed a line of award-winning
"Our goal is to 'walk the talk' as it applies to Ray Anderson’s vision, now embodied through Mission Zero," said Chris Richard, president of InterfaceFABRIC. "We have built a strong following for the
Waste Reduction: Highlights from
In 2006, the Interface companies reduced manufacturing waste to landfill by 70% as measured from a 1996 baseline.
"All of these projects reflect Interface’s firm commitment to sustainability in all of its facets, with great emphasis placed on our internal and external stakeholder relationships," said Bradham. "Internally, Interface has created a culture among our associates that breeds success in all of our endeavors. Externally, we continue to support the call for immediate action on some of the world's most pressing challenges, with global warming in the forefront.