North America – Score, A
Building materials company Owens Corning set itself an ambitious target to reduce its greenhouse gas intensity by 20% by 2020, but as a producer of insulation it faced a major hurdle: the blowing agent used in the manufacturing process. Two years of intense research and development brought a solution. The company developed new blowing agent blends - driving a significant drop in its emissions intensity and providing the market with more sustainable insulation products. In fact, the new products brought such large benefits that Owens Corning met its intensity target six-years early, and has since upped its goal to reducing intensity by 50% by the end of the decade.
The company continues to invest in new initiatives including developing a residential builders’ guide to building net zero homes, increasing the amount of renewable energy sources and reducing energy usage in automobiles, energy and buildings.