Corporate Responsibility - Environment

Our Approach

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.

Emissions

beacon truck on the road

Beacon utilizes a fleet of trucks to deliver its products. We understand that our diesel-powered trucks release greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and we are working to reduce these emissions via our OTC® Network strategy.  Beacon’s OTC Network 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 fuel our trucks use per delivery.


Relative targets: 

  • All markets with two or more branches are targeted to transition to the OTC model
  • Within the model, annual improvements in fuel usage per order

In 2019 our average fuel usage per exterior products customer order delivery 6.35 gallons. Via the application of our OTC Network strategy, we seek to reduce the average gallons by 3% annually.  In 2020, we reduced the average gallons per delivery by 2.5%.

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
  • Speeding
  • 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

To benchmark with other companies who have similar mixed fleets and continue to improve, Beacon has become an EPA SmartWay Partner.

  • In 2020, our fleet emission factors were:  CO2- 1,710 grams/mile, NOx- 4.65 grams/mile, PM- 0.0445 grams/mile.

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Renewable Energy

solar panels being installedSolar 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.

Solar Energy  

Waste

country road with reuse graphicBeacon 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.

Learn about Waste Asphalt Shingles Reuse in Road Paving Projects