Carbon Reduction

Formica Corporation has set goals to reduce emissions from all operations, vehicles and facilities that may contribute to the formation of greenhouse gases.

What are carbon emissions?

Organizations use fossil fuels to produce energy. The CO2 generated as part of that process is released to the atmosphere. Whilst we know carbon dioxide is absorbed, by plants and trees, within the natural carbon cycle. Industry generally is producing more CO2 than plants and trees can absorb.

The effect of this CO2 in the atmosphere is that the temperature of our planet is increasing. Through process improvements and energy efficiencies, Formica Corporation is working to reduce its contribution to carbon emissions and “global warming.”

Formica products, emissions and energy

Formica recognizes that reducing reliance on fossil fuels is economically and ecologically imperative—and we, as a corporate citizen, have a responsibility to also to investigate renewable sources of energy that have minimal carbon impact and can significantly replace the use of fossil fuels.

By completing a detailed and comprehensive Life Cycle Analysis of our products, Formica Corporation fully understands the embodied energy required throughout production of all components of our products. This information allows us to set objectives to reduce our energy consumption and therefore, our carbon emission values. Our supply chain partners have also shared with us their energy consumption data.

FORMICA GROUP ACHEIVED CARBON REDUCTION LABEL

Formica Group is the first laminate manufacturer in the world to be awarded the Carbon Trust’s Carbon Reduction Label

Surface area of approximately 100 million square metres of Formica® products is now carbon labelled

The products certified and carrying the Carbon Reduction Label represent 90% of Formica Group’s total products worldwide.

Formica Group measured carbon footprint of its range of High Pressure Laminate (HPL), Continuous Pressure Laminates (CPL), Compact Laminates and Bonded Worktops products, which now qualify to carry the Carbon Trust’s Carbon Reduction Label.

The Carbon Reduction Label helps consumers easily identify and choose products that are working to lower their environmental impact. Labelling the products is also an important step for architects and specifiers who are increasingly in need of demonstrable evidence of the environmental credentials of the built environment.

Current status and activity

We continuously activate programs to reduce carbon impacts from our products and activities in all Formica facilities in North America, Europe and Asia. These strategies form a global program to reduce our total annual carbon footprint.

Formica is also a member of the Carbon Disclosure project, along with other leading global companies that contribute to worldwide initiatives to publicize, understand and reduce the potential effects of carbon emissions.

Among the current strategies we employ:

- Closed loop press heating systems conserve hot water

- Biomass is used to generate energy (how much and where?)

- Advanced boiler control systems maximize energy combustion and reduce energy use

- High efficiency compressors

- High efficiency motors

- Energy saving lighting systems

- Development of efficient freight routes to maximize fuel economy

- Investigation into further use of renewable sources

Formica Corporation has established waste objectives to reduce the quantity of paper and other waste that is sent to landfill (landfill sites generate greenhouse gases). Learn more about our manufacturing efforts.

Carbon Trust Letter of Certification

GREENGUARD

Certified Wood and FSC

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)

Green Building Assessment Systems

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