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Owens Corning Environmental Strides Spotlighted at EU Conference

  • Thursday, 4th December 2003
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Owens Corning is one of eight companies being recognized at a European Commission (EC)-sponsored conference, The Environmental Performance of EU Industry (November 24 and 25, 2003).

The tour of the Owens Corning glass fibre manufacturing facility in Battice, Belgium will highlight the plant’s advancements in emissions reduction, the aggressive schedule of environmental improvements the Battice facility has achieved to date, initiatives currently underway, as well as future efforts in continuous environmental improvement tied to sustainable business growth.

“Sustainable manufacture is a key issue for all business,” said Raymund Trost, Owens Corning Vice-President and General Manager, Dry Used Chopped Strands, “and the commitment that we have demonstrated to the process at our Battice plant will significantly benefit our customers in meeting their own future business needs, as well as regulatory requirements. Owens Corning’s customers can be confident that our products will contribute positively to them achieving and maintaining their own sustainability targets.”

Using what it refers to as an “integrated approach” toward environmental productivity improvements, Owens Corning has “re-invented” its manufacturing process and product composition in order to meet current applicable limits as well as anticipate future ones derived from “benchmark levels” associated with “IPPC – Best Available Techniques”. The efforts have resulted in reductions of up to 90 percent in emissions associated with the plant’s manufacture of the company’s Advantex Continuous Filament Glass Fibre (CFG) product brand.

“Owens Corning’s initiative to eliminate/reduce emissions associated with manufacturing is simply the right thing to do to support sustainable growth,” said Freddy Dethier, Owens Corning’s Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) leader for its composites business in Europe and Asia.

“While challenging to implement and requiring great effort to resolve technical issues and adapt equipment, the integrated approach has now become the obvious blueprint for Owens Corning to follow,” said Dethier. “Today, we are very pleased to have successfully implemented this technology in all European manufacturing sites and are continuing its implementation in other regions. This approach has positioned Owens Corning on the path of sustainable growth, giving us both increased production and reduced environmental impact.”

The achievements of the Battice facility will be highlighted during a 40-member tour to be held as part of “The Environmental Performance of EU Industry” Conference in Brussels. Organized by the European Commission Enterprise Directorate-General, the two-day conference beginning today expects to welcome more than 700 participants, who will discuss industry’s progress in improving environmental performance, and examine the potential for better competitiveness while achieving environmental improvements.

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