Whether it’s a new way of thinking to save energy at one of our manufacturing operations, employing a new method to curb wastewater, or using property and land to enrich lives within the communities where we operate, Huber is constantly looking for ways to limit our environmental impact and conserve the planet’s natural resources for generations to come.
Huber’s impact on natural resources
Huber Resources Corp manages more than 700,000 acres (283,300 hectares) of timberlands for third-party landowners in seven US states, as well as Huber’s own forestland. Our applications of forest planning, modeling, harvesting and regeneration are designed to sustain or even improve timber yields, watersheds and wildlife habitats.
Increased efficiency and ingenuity in our manufacturing methods have cut down on the amount of waste we generate. The processes for manufacturing Huber Engineered Woods’ AdvanTech® subflooring and ZIP System® sheathing and tape, for example, are more than 99% landfill free. We are also taking positive steps across all our portfolio companies to reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfills, including increased recycling and adaptive reuse of waste products. As a result, a growing number of our manufacturing sites meet the criteria for zero waste-to-landfill facilities.
We are committed to finding innovative ways to reduce water usage, including recycling wastewater for using cooling, washing and dust suppression efforts at several Huber facilities.
CP Kelco’s citrus peel processing plant in Matão, Brazil recycles all of its water and requires no fresh water input in manufacturing. A new cooling tower at the Huber Engineered Materials facility in Bauxite, Arkansas controls the flow and recirculates it, eliminating the need to use and discharge municipal water.
Strategic supply chain initiatives have reduced our CO2 emissions and energy usage. Huber Engineered Woods utilizes manufacturing plants located in Commerce, Georgia; Broken Bow, Oklahoma; Crystal Hill, Virginia; and Easton, Maine, reducing the distance materials travel to and from the plants.
The Huber Engineered Materials calcium carbonate facility in Quincy, Illinois integrated granulation capabilities into the facility, eliminating the need to transport ground calcium carbonate to Huber’s Modesto, California operation, eliminating over four million pounds of CO2 emissions each year.
These are just a few examples of our efforts to conserve and protect our natural resources for tomorrow.