Georgia Gulf Corporation (NYSE: GGC) today announced that its Compound division has received a significant environmental certification from the SmartWay® Transport Partnership.
SmartWay Transport is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s flagship program for improving fuel efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution in the transportation supply chain industry. SmartWay partners must demonstrate that they are taking responsibility for the emissions associated with the movement of goods, are committed to sustainable business practices, and are reducing their carbon footprint.
The Compound division’s utilization of SmartWay-approved carriers has contributed to the lowering of carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide and particulate-matter emissions, as well as increased fuel efficiency. Certified carriers meet voluntary equipment specifications that can reduce fuel consumption by 10 to 20 percent—saving as many as 4,000 gallons of diesel fuel per year.
“This is a significant achievement for Georgia Gulf and the Compound division,” said William H. Doherty, vice president – PVC Compounds. “We believe we have a responsibility to the communities we serve, and remain committed not only to maintaining our sustainable business practices but also to improving them in the years to come.”
The SmartWay certification is the latest in a series of achievements that demonstrate the Compound division’s commitment to environmental stewardship. During the first nine months of 2012, the company issued separate announcements about collaborative efforts with Galata, Segetis and InPro to introduce bio-based products that would allow downstream customers to meet their sustainability goals.
Georgia Gulf’s Compound division has additional sustainability efforts planned for 2013. Initiatives on the horizon include a transition to fuel-efficient intermodal transportation—truck and rail—and establishing a zero-idling policy at loading docks.
About Georgia Gulf
Georgia Gulf Corporation is a leading, integrated North American manufacturer of two chemical lines, chlorovinyls and aromatics, and manufactures vinyl-based building and home improvement products. The Company's vinyl-based building and home improvement products, marketed under Royal Building Products and Exterior Portfolio brands, include window profiles, patio doors, mouldings, siding, pipe and pipe fittings, soffit, rain ware and decking. Georgia Gulf, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, has manufacturing facilities located throughout North America to provide industry-leading service to customers. For more information, visit