DALTON, GA – J+J Flooring Group (J+J) has released a progress update towards the company’s 20/20 Vision environmental performance goals in advance of its forthcoming sustainability report.
Progress towards these performance goals in 2016 includes:
- A 34% water consumption reduction since 2010, including a 10.9% water consumption reduction in 2016.
- Completing the goal of 23% energy use reduction since 2010, including a 9.4% reduction in 2016 – and continuing to make improvements in reducing energy consumption throughout the manufacturing process.
- An 18% reduction in GHG emissions since 2010, including a 3.4% reduction in 2016.
Designed to serve as an operational guidepost for managing J+J’s environmental performance, 20/20 Vision sets forth five key goals the organization is working to achieve by the year 2020.
The company successfully achieved the first goal, eliminating the use of landfills, when it became the first flooring manufacturer in the US to become a third-party certified Zero Waste to Landfill* manufacturer in 2014, six years ahead of the 2020 goal.
The remaining 20/20 Vision goals (compared to the baseline year of 2010) include reducing water usage by 66%, reducing energy intensity by 20%; cutting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 20%, and increasing the use of bio-based, recycled, or renewable content in products to 33%.
As part of the company’s broader commitment to thinking differently about energy consumption, the company also offset more than 50% of its direct energy consumption in 2016 with the purchase of renewable energy credits through the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Green Power Partnership.
J+J’s consistent investment on maximizing operational efficiencies and its whole-community approach remain a key driver in the company’s steady progress towards its 20/20 Vision, according to Director of Sustainability Russ Delozier.
“Improving environmental performance is a process that involves every member of the J+J community. Our progress to date is the result of the collective engagement and commitment of employees across our company,” Delozier said. “From an operational standpoint, because our facilities are centrally located on a single campus, we also have the agility and flexibility to invest in and swiftly implement those improvements that stand to affect the greatest returns.”
For more information on the company’s sustainability performance, visit jjflooringgroup.com/sustainability.