Mission Zero: Measuring Our Progress
Interface's sustainability journey is made more focused by measuring our progress.
Our EcoMetrics™ measurement system is designed to quantify the ’metabolism’ of our operations. In other words, how much we take, in terms of materials and energy, how much we make, in terms of product, and how much we waste, in terms of wastes and emissions.
• Renewable Energy – 88% of energy used at manufacturing sites is from renewable sources
• GHG Emissions – GHG emissions intensity at manufacturing sites is down 96% since 1996
• Raw Materials – 58% of raw materials used to make carpet are either recycled or bio-based
• Water – Total water intake intensity at manufacturing sites is down 86% since 1996
As part of our Mission Zero® commitment, Interface has set a goal to source 100% of our energy needs from renewable sources by 2020. To achieve this, we have a simple strategy – improve our energy efficiency and increase our use of renewable energy. We have taken an aggressive approach to reach this goal, installing renewable energy systems at our factories, and purchasing renewable energy for our facilities around the world.
Maximising energy efficiency is the first step in reducing our energy use. All of the efficiencies, improvements and, most importantly, kilowatts not used add up to significant progress since we began in 1994. Total energy use at our global factories is down 52% per unit of production since 1996.
Interface has a goal to be powered by 100% renewable energy by 2020. As of 2017, 88% of our total energy use was from renewable sources and six of our seven manufacturing sites now operate with 100% renewable electricity. In Europe 97% of our total energy – electricity and gas – comes from renewable sources, including biogas generated from chocolate and fish waste.
Global warming is one of the biggest challenges of our time. Climate Take Back™ is our new mission and we want to share it with the world. We’re adopting a fresh perspective – one that views carbon as an opportunity rather than as a problem. We commit to running our business in a way that creates a climate fit for life – and we call on others to do the same.
Addressing our greenhouse gas emissions is a key component of our commitment and what we consider ‘business as usual’.
We have reduced our net greenhouse gas emissions per unit of product from manufacturing sites by 96% from 1996 to 2017 through diverse strategies including process efficiencies, energy efficiencies (such as lighting and equipment replacement), fuel switching, direct use of renewable energy and use of market-based renewable energy instruments.
[Net GHG emissions are gross emissions less the carbon benefits of market-based renewable energy instruments such as Directed Biogas and Green Gas Certificates for thermal energy, Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) for electricity in North America and Asia and Guarantee of Origin (GOs) in Europe.]