Waste to Landfill Measured as tonnes of materialWaste 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.
Waste to Landfill Ratio of Total OutputEfforts 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.
Water Consumption for all OperationsWater consumption increased slightly in 2018 over 2017 due mainly to increase in production levels. Although the overall water usage increased, the water consumption as a ratio of output (m3/tonne foam) decreased by approximately 8%.
Energy Used in all OperationsEnergy 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 schedule.
Energy Used in Making PFB Products vs. Energy Saved by ConsumersThe energy savings potential from using PFB’s insulating products over the expected lifetime of those products (assumed to be 50 years) exceeds the amount of energy consumed in the manufacturing process by a ratio of approximately 120:1
VOC Emissions IntensityOur 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 contain less VOC expanding agent.
GHG Emissions vs. Savings PotentialCarbon dioxide, the principal green house gas (GHG) emitted from PFB operations, arises from burning natural gas and other fuels in our production operations. We calculate and report GHG emissions in metric tonnes.
GHG Emissions IntensityThe key emissions that we track are GHG’s, VOCs, NOx and SOx. Reductions in the ratios indicate better performance. PFB’s long term plan is to continue converting applications and manufacturing facilities over to the lower VOC raw materials to continuously improve our impact on the environment.