Data makes us better
We are measuring our consumption through comprehensive metrics that tell us where to invest in energy, water and resource efficiency. We benchmark our resource consumption across all company facilities and process steps. We are using these results to prioritize and validate our capital investments in new technology and process innovation. In the future, we hope to benchmark our performance against industry peers and set goals for each of our business units.
Reducing Water Consumption & Waste
Twelve National Gypsum plants championed the majority of water use reductions from 2017 to 2018. Total water consumption decreased 196 million gallons—the equivalent of 300 olympic-sized swimming pools.
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Maximizing Recycled Content & Byproduct
We maintain closed-loop sourcing partnerships for gypsum and recycled paper, resulting in products with high percentages of recycled and byproduct content.
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Clearing the Air
We reduced the release of Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) compounds from almost 550,000 pounds per year in 2013 to just 1,181 pounds in 2018 through material substitution efforts.
Improving our Carbon Footprint
The energy efficiency of our facilities, manufacturing processes, and sources of electrical and thermal energy are the main factors that impact our greenhouse gas footprint.
In 2018, nine National Gypsum plants reduced GHG emissions a total of 20,000 metric tons—the equivalent of taking 4,250 cars off the road for a year.
- Anniston, AL
- Apollo Beach, FL
- Cleburne, TX
- Fort Dodge, IA
- Medicine Lodge, KS
- West Milton, PA
- Portsmouth, NH
- Rotan, TX
- Savannah, GA
- Westwego, LA
Investing in Gypsum Recovery and use of Byproduct Gypsum
Since 2013, we have invested heavily in technology to reclaim material at our plants. Our vision is to continue to move toward a closed-loop, zero-waste process. Since January 2015, we reduced our gypsum reclaim inventory by over 150,000 tons through recycling and beneficial use activities.Read More
Reducing GHG Emissions
Cogeneration is just one of many energy recovery and efficiency strategies we employ at our production sites to reduce operating costs and related carbon emissions. Other key investments include multi-stage kiln heat recovery systems, LED lighting retrofits and innovative product formulations to reduce water content.Read More