At PFB Corporation, we are concerned with the future of the planet and the effects that modern life styles may be having on climate change. PFB Corporation is committed to conducting its operations responsibly, mindful of the economic, environmental and social impacts of its operations.
Green House Gas (GHG) – greenhouse gases are those gases which contribute to global warming. According to the Kyoto protocol significant greenhouse gases, emitted by human activity, include carbon dioxide (C02), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N20), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs), and sulphur hexafluoride (SF6).
Ozone Depleting Substance (ODS) – A chemical compound that reaches the stratosphere and is capable of reacting with stratospheric ozone causing it to be depleted. Stratospheric ozone protects the earth from harmful UV radiation. PFB does not emit harmful ozone depleting substances from our manufacturing processes.
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) – any organic compound that can become vaporized under normal atmospheric conditions. VOC can contribute to the creation of ground level smog around urban centers. PFB releases VOC’s as part of our foam insulation production processes and we are sensitive to this issue and are actively working towards reductions in the amount of VOC’s we emit.
Sustainability Through Action
Waste is a significant issue for manufacturers like PFB both from a cost perspective and its environmental impact. PFB is continually looking for ways to reduce the generation of waste and, wherever possible, reuse and recycle. Total waste to landfill increased by 14% in 2015 over the previous year. This was caused by increased production levels and introduction of new products and processes. Efforts are underway to determine ways to optimize these processes and take action to reduce waste by diverting scrap materials to alternate recycling streams and by improving production yields.
Direct electricity and natural gas consumption in our operations increased slightly in 2015 over the previous year. The increase was due to an overall increase in production levels. Energy consumption has been a significant focus of our individual facilities as we work toward improving efficiencies through installation of energy efficient lighting, equipment and administrative controls for managing equipment operation schedules.
Our focus for the past several years has been to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by using fossil fuels more efficiently. Additionally, PFB has an initiative underway to substitute raw material inputs with materials that contains less VOC expanding agent. Since 2008 we have increased our usage of low VOC raw materials to 72% in 2015. This has resulted in an average annual VOC emissions reduction of over 100 tonnes.
EPS & Flame Retardant
PFB expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam products contain a small amount of HBCD (hexabromocyclododecane), a brominated flame retardant. Learn more