Corporate Responsibility - Environment
Beacon believes that the protection of the environment is essential to the long-term success of our business. Beacon has developed a multi-pronged environmental policy that is founded upon:
- Our fleet - ways in which we can reduce the emissions impact and increase fuel economy.
- Waste management/recycling - ways in which we can manage our waste and work with suppliers or with the use of recyclable/reusable products to reduce the adverse environmental impacts of waste.
Employees at all levels are required to comply with Beacon’s procedures and all relevant local, state, and federal environmental laws and regulations.
As a distributor rather than a product manufacturer, Beacon is fortunate to make a smaller impact on the environment than many other companies in the marketplace. Still, we are continually looking for ways to run our business successfully while safeguarding resources for future generations. We also encourage our suppliers to practice leading waste and energy management techniques and strive to partner with environmentally conscious suppliers.
Beacon utilizes a fleet of trucks to deliver its products. We understand that our gas-powered trucks release greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and we are working to reduce these emissions via our On-time and Complete (OTC) Network strategy.
OTC focuses on shifting multi-branch markets to a collaborative market model that optimizes customer deliveries by shipping from the closest branch to the customer’s delivery address. This strategy is reducing the average miles our trucks drive per delivery.
- All markets with two or more branches are targeted to transition to the OTC model.
- Within the model, annual improvements in average miles driven per order.
In 2019, our average miles driven per exterior product customer order delivery was 22.7 miles. Through the application of our OTC strategy, we seek to reduce the average miles by 5-7 % annually.
In addition, we continually invest in modernizing our fleet to reduce emissions and improve safety for our drivers. All replacement Commercial Motor Vehicles are Certified Clean Idle diesel engines resulting in lower NOx levels of less than 30g/ hr.
With the implementation of In-cab technology, we are focused more now than ever on reducing emissions and our carbon footprint by managing the following:
- Idle time
- Hard braking
- Efficient routing
- Eliminating empty miles
- Improving our Preventative Maintenance Program for safer, efficient vehicle operation
- Increased intervals between particulate filter changes (less carbon output)
- Fewer engine regenerations due to reduced idle time
- Increased fuel mileage
Solar power is energy from the sun that is converted into thermal or electrical energy. Solar energy is the cleanest and most abundant renewable energy source available, and the U.S. has some of the richest solar resources in the world.
As a leading supplier of solar energy products for residential, commercial, and utilities applications, we seek to help both contractors and end-users meet their goals to add clean energy to the power grid.
Beacon is a member of the Construction & Demolition Recycling Association which promotes and defends the environmentally sound recycling of more than 50 million tons of recoverable construction and demolition (C&D) materials that are generated in the U.S. annually.