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Best Practice Achievements
2014: Delivery Fleet â€“ We will continue to upgrade our over-the-road fleet with tractors that comply with EPA Tier 2 emission standards. In March we added two Peterbuilt single axle tractors that are compliant. The single axle improves fuel efficiency by approximately 5%.
GGE Emissions â€“ In 2013 we made significant investments in our wood fired boilers and have experimented with different processes that will allow us to burn less fuel to provide process and comfort steam for our facility. Harden does not burn any fossil fuels at the McConnellsville facility other than for vehicles. We expect to post our 2013 GGE report shortly.
Electrical Energy â€“ An upgrade of our lighting and electric motors has been investigated in the past and we were not able to justify the expense based on a return on investment. We currently have a proposal for a lighting upgrade from Right Light Energy Services for a project with a total cost of $520,000 that would reduce our energy consumption from 3,958,200 kWh to 1,537,300 kWh â€“ a 60.1% reduction in consumption. We are exploring financing options and expect to proceed with the project this year. We continue to explore upgrades to motors to further reduce our electrical energy use.
2013: Upgrade Lighting â€“ An analysis of an upgrade to LED lighting indicated that we currently cannot justify the investment as we operate only one shift. As opportunities arise and if we have areas where lights are on 24/7 we will install more efficient lighting. Also, we are reviewing any areas of the facility that would benefit from motion detector lighting or where we can permanently reduce lighting.
Delivery Fleet â€“ We received two tractors in November which comply with the EPA Tier 2 emission standard and feature advanced â€œgel batteryâ€ Auxiliary Power Units (APU) which will allow our drivers to avoid idle periods when power is needed for the cab or in hot/cold weather. These units also feature low rolling resistance tire and advanced EGR technology (exhaust gas recirculation reduces NOx gasses to harmless nitrogen). Based on 100,000 annual miles driven it is anticipated that each until will save approximately 1,300 gallons of diesel fuel, in addition to reducing emissions of NOx gasses.
Recycle -We will conduct a thorough analysis of our waste stream to determine if in addition to materials already recycled there are any other materials that are currently sent to a landfill that can be recycled.
GGE Emissions â€“ We post our carbon footprint annually and in 2012 we realized an increase in the volume of carbon that we emitted into the atmosphere. Returning to a trend of annual decreases will be a priority in 2013. Currently the overwhelming majority of our GGE are related to electrical energy or thermal/wood fuel sources. At the McConnellsville facility we do not burn any fossil fuels for process or comfort steam (heat).
2012: We have updated an earlier electrical energy audit and are upgrading fixtures with more efficient bulbs and technologies.
New controls have been installed on our wood fired boilers allowing us to improve efficiency and comply with all regulations.
We have replaced 1/3 of our over the road truck fleet with new vehicles that offer no-idle power, reduced rolling resistance tires and improved fuel mileage.
2014: Staff â€“ We have staffed an additional engineering position and it is our intent to assign Olivia with some specific environmental projects. We need to recycle more of our manufacturing materials.
2013: Refurbishment â€“ In 2012 Harden began offering refurbishment services to current and new commercial customers who preferred to refurbish existing products originally manufactured by Harden or other vendors. We anticipate this segment of our business will more than double in size in 2013, allowing commercial end users to reduce material destined for landfills, while updating furnishings through a process that requires only a minimal amount of new material.
Certified Wood â€“ Currently Hardenâ€™s supply chain for forest products is certified by the SFI program. As we procure a significant amount of material from NYS properties which may be FSC certified we will investigate dual certification that would allow us to market lumber with SFI and FSC chain of custody. We will also need to upgrade our SFI certification to full chain of custody. Staffing and documentation challenges may delay this until 2014.
2012: As part of our self-certification to the BIFMA e3 we reviewed their chemicals of concern list and have eliminated all but 5 compounds that appear on that list.
We now offer refurbishment services to our commercial customers who are refinishing/reupholstering furnishings (Harden and non Harden products) instead of replacing them. This will represent approximately 5% of our sales in 2013.
We have confirmed with our foam suppliers that all our urethane foams comply with California prop 65.
2014: Continue to participate in SFC events at High Point Market and SFC Next annual conference.
2013: We will participate in SFC events for the industry, including the Sustainability Essentials webinars.