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Parent Company CertainTeed Joins Department of Energy’s Better Climate Challenge

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Malvern-based CertainTeed LLC and its parent company Saint-Gobain North America recently announced that they have joined the US Department of Energy’s Better Climate Challenge.

The Better Energy Climate Challenge encourages companies and organizations to reduce their portfolio-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 25% or more over the next decade. Saint Gobain’s new global Grow and Impact strategy includes a more ambitious target to reduce the company’s global greenhouse gas emissions by 33% by 2030.

“We will continue to challenge ourselves to seek ways to maximize the positive impact of our business for our customers and the communities where we operate while minimizing our environmental footprint,” said Mark Rayfield, CEO of Saint-Gobain. North America and CertainTeed. “The construction and building products industries have a particularly important role to play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions around the world. Today, 40% of global CO2 emissions come from the construction sector. With this in mind, we are delighted to partner with the Department of Energy as we work to achieve these ambitious goals and encourage other companies, particularly in our own industry and value chain, to join us in taking this important commitment.

Previously, in January, Saint-Gobain North America donated a zero-energy, ready-to-use home in Canton, Ohio to Habitat for Humanity, made with more than 20 of its own products. In December, Saint-Gobain installed recycling technology at its gypsum plant in Silver Grove, Ky., reducing landfill water by 15,000 tons per year. And in November, the company announced plans to install solar panels in New Jersey to support the state’s power grid sustainability goals.

“Better Climate Challenge partners like Saint-Gobain North America are committed to decarbonizing their entire portfolio of buildings, factories and fleets and sharing effective strategies to transition our economy to clean energy” said US Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “Their leadership and innovation are crucial in our collective fight against climate change while strengthening the American economy.”