Bekaert Specialty Films certifies carbon footprint

Bekaert Specialty Films, LLC reaffirmed its pledge to environmental stewardship in August 2008 by announcing that it has defined its carbon footprint. Bekaert Specialty Films“ solar control window fi…

Bekaert Specialty Films, LLC reaffirmed its pledge to environmental stewardship in August 2008 by announcing that it has defined its carbon footprint. Bekaert Specialty Films“ solar control window films, sold under the Solar Gard(R) brand, have long been recognized for their role in reducing energy consumption, and the company is now the first specialized film manufacturer to make this level of operational commitment to environmentally-responsible practices. “The certification of our carbon footprint is an important step in our overall strategy to improve our environmental practices,” said Christophe Fremont, president, Bekaert Specialty Films. “As leaders, we are pushing the window film industry forward by holding ourselves to a higher standard and implementing these practices before they are required. Window film dealers want to partner with an industry leader that drives energy-savings initiatives and is truly environmentally responsible. Consumers also care deeply about good manufacturing practices, and only Solar Gard window films can tout these environmental commitments”. Bekaert Specialty Films“ environmental innovations have already been shown to save the company money and reduce waste. The practices include: the establishment of the company“s carbon footprint; support for industry organizations and trade associations that promote environmental stewardship; waste and scrap reduction and recycling programs; use of a state-of-the-art emission control system that operates at 99.7% efficiency, conforming to strict California clean air requirements; and employee benefits related to environmentally-friendly choices. Bekaert Specialty Films has calculated consumption of electricity and natural gas as well as emissions at each of its service centers and manufacturing sites to determine the overall carbon footprint. Their carbon footprint will be verified by an independent auditor from Bureau Veritas, one of the most stringent audit facilities in the US. Following the audit, Bekaert Specialty Films will apply for publication on the California Climate Action Registry (CCAR), where it will join the other 393 California-based companies that have pledged higher environmental standards. As part of their commitment to environmental stewardship, Bekaert Specialty Films is committed to continuous improvement, including future reductions in CO2 emissions to reduce their carbon footprint.