At Patcraft, we are committed to delivering products to our clients that have a positive effect on the health of our population and our planet.
Not only are our commercial Cradle to Cradle Certified carpet products made using safe and healthy ingredients, they are now also made in a carbon neutral manufacturing facility.
What is carbon neutrality? What does carbon neutral mean?
Carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases are generated as people and companies consume energy For example, when we run manufacturing processes and operate our buildings by using lights, heat, air conditioning, etc. The amount of greenhouse gases we emit is referred to in shorthand as our carbon footprint.
Achieving carbon neutrality for our commercial carpet manufacturing operations means our net carbon footprint is zero. The amount of carbon emissions being generated by our actions have been reduced to zero by improving our operational efficiency, switching to cleaner fuel sources, purchasing renewable energy credits and carbon credits to offset the emissions we have not yet been able to remove from our operations by other measures.
How did Shaw Industries achieve carbon neutrality?
We achieved carbon neutrality across our commercial carpet operations through four key steps:
- Improving the efficiency of our manufacturing (using less energy)
- Switching to cleaner fuels (primarily natural gas).
- Creating clean energy through production of on-site renewable energy
- Investing in renewable energy and carbon credits to offset the balance of our emissions
What is renewable energy?
Renewable energy is derived from natural processes (e.g.sunlight and wind) that are replenished at a faster rate than they are consumed. Solar, wind, geothermal, hydro, and some forms of biomass are common sources of renewable energy.
Renewable energy is typically considered ‘net zero‘ for GHG emissions. Therefore, the use of renewable energy use can help reduce a company’s carbon footprint.
What are renewable energy credits?
Renewable energy credits (RECs) are used to purchase renewable energy that is fed into the power grid but that is not necessarily used by a company in its own operations. RECs help incentivize additional renewable energy generation by sending a signal that there is market demand. By purchasing RECs equivalent to our non-renewable energy use, our commercial carpet manufacturing operations are powered by 100% renewable Energy.
What are carbon offset credits?
Carbon offset credits can be purchased to offset the greenhouse gas emissions a company has not yet removed from its operations. Carbon offset projects that reduce or eliminate GHG emissions go through a rigorous 3rd party verification process.
What are Greenhouse Gas emissions (GHGs)?
The term Greenhouse Gas emissions – also referred to as GHGs – is often used interchangeably with carbon emissions because carbon dioxide (CO2) makes up the vast majority of greenhouse gas emissions. Methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O) are also GHGs.
What facilities / processes / operations does this include?
All commercial carpet manufacturing facilities in the U.S., our carpet tile manufacturing plant in China, and our recently acquired operations in Scotland.
What does this mean in regards to my designs?
Patcraft is committed to delivering products to our clients that have a positive effect on the health of our population and our planet. Not only are our commercial carpet products made using safe, healthy ingredients, they are also made in carbon neutral manufacturing facilities.
It’s all part of our commitment to Cradle to Cradle principles, which focus not only on material health and recycling but energy, water and social responsibility.
For more information on our sustainability initiatives, visit our sustainability page.