At IPG, our corporate commitment has and continues to be focused on stewardship of our environment, providing a safe working environment for IPG employees, and manufacturing quality products in a responsible manner. IPG continuously seeks ways to minimize waste and environmental impacts throughout the manufacturing process. Stewardship is a commitment shared by the leaders and employees of IPG to continually look for opportunities to improve. Since 2013, IPG has significantly reduced its carbon footprint and VOC emissions.
Energy Star Partner
Intertape Polymer Group, an ENERGY STAR partner since 2009, was recognized for:
- Achieving a six percent reduction in energy intensity over 2014 that contributes to more than $3 million in savings since 2009
- Reducing 36,406 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions from energy savings
- Achieving the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry for a second time at its Danville Virginia plant, marking the eighth time an IPG facility has achieved this goal
- Using Energy Treasure Hunts and other energy program management best practices to identify over $490,000 in cost savings that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by of 3,565 metric tons
- Sharing best practices with community organizations and facilitating an Energy Treasure Hunt at a local church
The 2016 Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Awards are given to a variety of organizations to recognize their contributions to reducing harmful carbon pollution through superior energy efficiency efforts. These awards recognize ongoing leadership across the ENERGY STAR program, including energy-efficient products, services, new homes, and buildings in the commercial, industrial, and public sectors. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit energystar.gov.
PSTC Responsible Tape Manufacturing Certification
The Pressure Sensitive Tape Council (PSTC), established in 1953, is a North American trade association representing pressure sensitive adhesive (PSA) tape manufacturers and their affiliate suppliers. The PSTC developed the Responsible Tape Manufacturing certification program which identifies and recognizes PSTC member tape producers that have sustainable best practices in environmental, manufacturing safety and health, and quality control standards. This program assures that its members adhere to both the quality of its products through responsible manufacturing practices as well as the ethical treatment of its employees.
In 2013, IPG proudly took part in this landmark initiative and received certification as a Responsible Tape Manufacturer. In order to be recognized as a Responsible Tape Manufacturer, IPG had to go through a thorough testing process that follows U.S. and ISO regulations, standards, and practices for its tape manufacturing facilities. All practices were reviewed and confirmed by a third-party audit to verify compliance to PSTC’s stringent standards.
As a member of the program, IPG makes the commitment to invest in top quality products and promote environmental awareness, which in turn helps to uphold the well-being of society. For more information about RTM, visit PSTC.org.
Environmentally Friendly Paper Tape
Central® brand water-activated tapes are sourced from certified fiber sources: FSC, SFI and PEFC. Reinforced tapes now contain min 4% recovered fiber with the same great performance we have always provided with Central branded WAT. Paper tapes (non-reinforced) are recyclable and repulpable. Read more about our sustainability and certified fiber sourcing.
Facility Management / Employee Programs
Each manufacturing location has a stewardship team to focus on waste minimization, recycling, community outreach programs.
Energy Treasure Hunts
Intertape Polymer Group has been working to implement the U.S. EPA’s Energy Star Treasure Hunts across its 12 locations in North America. An Energy Treasure Hunt is a two- to three-day event that engages employees in identifying low-cost energy savings opportunities from behavioral, operational, and maintenance actions.
Energy treasure hunts have been key to reducing the company's total energy intensity over the years; in 2015, the tape, film and fabrics manufacturer reported a 6% reduction, contributing to savings of more than $3 million since 2009.
The company's first treasure hunt was held in partnership with Energy Star at IPG's manufacturing plant in Danville, VA, in 2013. Facilitated with the help of Energy Star, that treasure hunt helped establish best practices for conducting the hunts, and involved working with the plant's utility, the municipal Danville Utilities, and other local manufactures.
Since then, IPG has conducted nine treasure hunts in six manufacturing facilities, engaging more than 100 employees. As more of its facilities learn how to conduct them, IPG hopes the event will be held annually at each of its locations as they have helped create a culture of continuous improvement to reduce energy, water, cost and emissions at each of these locations. The information provided by employees that run the equipment at each site is invaluable and participants continue to find more opportunities after the treasure hunt because of the training and awareness these events bring.
The International Organization of Standardization (ISO) is an international body composed of representatives from various national standards organizations that sets standards in many businesses and technologies. IPG facilities that meet ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems (QMS) Standards are: Danville, Tremonton, Truro, Marysville, Carbondale, and Delta. IPG’s Danville facility also meets ISO 14001 Environmental Management Certification which provides a framework for environmental management best practice to help organizations minimize their environmental footprint.
Research & Development
Intertape Polymer Group’s Research & Development Team remains committed to discovering and implementing non-solvent, adhesive compounding, polymerization and coating technology to produce products with equivalent, or superior, performance, relative to solvent-based products. We strategically partner with raw material suppliers to develop sustainable, environmentally-friendly alternatives and biodegradable product solutions. In addition, the R&D team is responsible for developing the Energy Teams who continuously aim to discover and deploy energy conservation efforts across all plant sites.