Carbon & Climate

Carbon & climate

A majority of the Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gases we generate are produced through the burning of fossil fuels. As a result, we have implemented a very effective energy management program to reduce the consumption of fossil fuels. We are working diligently to reduce and manage our environmental footprint, including greenhouse gases.

Energy

We are committed to reducing our energy consumption, reducing cost, optimizing capital investment for energy efficiency, reducing environmental and greenhouse gas emissions, and conserving natural resources.

Our energy management program consists of the following elements:

  • Corporate Engineering & Facilities Manager
  • Plant Energy Champions
  • Analysis of Energy data
  • Energy audits
  • Performance goals
  • Energy action plans
  • Energy monitoring
  • Success recognition

The amount of electricity and natural gas used by our utility monitored operations for Fiscal 2018 is as follows:

Total power used: 112,272,432 kWh

Electric used: 74,057,648

kWh
LZB Branded Manufacturing 43,013,173
LZB Distribution Centers 2,287,645
LZB Retail 18,740,970
LZB Casegoods 5,514,160
LZB World HQ 4,501,700

Natural gas used: 129,611

MMBtu
LZB Branded Manufacturing 27,916
LZB Distribution Centers 13,309
LZB Retail 67,855
LZB Casegoods 17,024
LZB World HQ 3,507

We continue to utilize on-site generated renewable wood fuels for the generation of steam used in production operations, heating and absorption cooling, and we sell excess wood residuals for further reuse by other industries. Wood fuel from sustainably managed forests is a renewable resource that helps reduce our use of fossil fuels, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and also reduces the volume of waste going to a solid waste landfill.

We have reduced the amount of energy used by our LZB Branded Manufacturing operations by 33% compared with 2007 usage.

GHG emissions

The amount of greenhouse gas emissions (electricity and natural gas) from our utility monitored operations for Fiscal 2019 were:

Total scope 1 and 2 (electricity and natural gas): 45,066 metric tons CO2 equivalents

Scope 1 direct (natural gas): 7,023

Metric tons CO2 equivalents
LZB Branded Manufacturing 1,767
LZB Distribution Centers 555
LZB Retail 3,612
LZB Casegoods 904
LZB World HQ 186

Scope 2 (electric): 38,043

Metric tons CO2 equivalents
LZB Branded Manufacturing 24,119
LZB Distribution Centers 870
LZB Retail 8,417
LZB Casegoods 2,026
LZB World HQ 2,611

We do not currently measure our Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions.

We are evaluating methods to capture other sources of Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions but believe these are significantly less than those provided above with the exception of transportation-related greenhouse gases.

A majority of our greenhouse gas emission sources are from off-site electricity generation with a lesser extent coming from on-site natural gas consumption. As a result, a majority of our greenhouse gas emission pollutants are carbon dioxide with insignificant emissions of nitric oxide and methane.

Technology and opportunity

We work to continually improve our environmental performance and promptly evaluate, prepare for and manage new environmental aspects of our business through our EFEC and Sustainable by Design initiatives (American Home Furnishings Alliance).

Our World Headquarters is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certified from the U.S. Green Building Council and we are currently constructing two additional buildings (LZB Dayton Innovation Center and England Headquarters) that we expect to receive LEED designation.

We recently enhanced our monitoring capabilities by entering a partnership with a third-party specialist for utility bill management, strategic energy sourcing and utilization of a comprehensive energy and sustainability data management system.