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Combating Climate Change

Environmental Sustainability

At Owens Corning, we recognize that climate change is real, and human activity is a primary cause. As temperatures around the world continue to climb as a result of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, we understand the importance of taking corrective actions across our operations.

That’s why we’ve set ambitious goals designed to dramatically reduce our GHG emissions by 2030. We’ve established short-term and long-term strategies to help us reduce our Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions by 50%.

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Levels of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

To reduce our footprint, Owens Corning follows protocols established by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) to account for Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions.

Most of our Scope 1 emissions are attributable to the blowing agent used in our XPS foam production process as well as fossil fuel combustion across the company. Changes in our production output could cause fluctuations in these emissions. Electricity from utility providers is the major source of our Scope 2 emissions. While our 2030 goals address Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions, we’re also collaborating with our entire supply chain to curb Scope 3 emissions wherever possible.

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All direct emissions from our own manufacturing or operations.

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Indirect emissions are primarily due to electricity.

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Other indirect emissions, such as those from our supply chain.

Science-Based Targets to Combat Climate Change

Our goal for Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions will adhere to stringent, science-based targets set by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that limit global warming to less than 1.5° C. Previously, goals to reduce GHGs would limit global warming to less than 2° C, but it has become apparent that a stricter standard would be highly beneficial.

According to the Science Based Targets website, this change in standards could mean 11 million fewer people will be exposed to extreme heat, 61 million fewer people will experience drought, and 10 million fewer people will suffer as a result of rising sea levels.

Strategies to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

To meet our goals, which have been approved by the Science-Based Target Initiative, we have established strategies we can implement in both the short term and the long term.

Short-Term Strategies

  • Convert the blowing agent used in manufacturing our XPS foam products to reduce Scope 1 GHG emissions.
  • Collaborate with our suppliers to reduce Scope 3 emissions.

Long-Term Strategies

  • Consider additional renewable energy opportunities on a global basis, including longer-term agreements such as power purchase agreements.
  • Drive innovation within our research and development portfolio to enable conversion from fossil fuel to carbon neutral and renewable energy to power our processes.
  • Ensure systematic knowledge sharing across our network of facilities.

One of our Power Purchase Agreements enabled new wind farms in Texas and Oklahoma, generating up to 1.1 million MWh of electricity per year.

Our Sustainability Report includes more information about our plans to combat climate change, as well as other Owens Corning initiatives aimed at making the world a more livable place.

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