Andrew Siegel, vp-Mica, says, “Through the course of the year, we expect our new solar-panel system to produce 30% of our electrical energy needs.”
Sustainability has been a major priority for Mica since it was founded 46 years ago. Mica was among the first companies to provide water-based products to the packaging industry. Over the past four decades, Mica has remained focused on reducing its carbon footprint by developing more concentrated primers, and providing recyclable, stackable IBC totes as an order option to reduce the amount of truck loads for deliveries. Some other highlights include reducing water waste in manufacturing, and replacing fiber drums with recyclable plastic drums.
In 2015, with the help of The United Illuminating Co. and Energize CT’s Business Sustainability Challenge, Mica reduced its energy usage by approximately 30%. Over the course of the project, Mica installed a cool roof with added insulation and incorporated environmental measures inside the building, including energy-efficient H-VAC and lighting systems, and a modern heating system that has decreased gas consumption by approximately 20%. The recent addition of the solar panels will bring the total electrical energy reduction to 60% since 2015.
Siegel adds, “We saw this project as an opportunity not only to invest in clean energy that will reduce our carbon emissions, but with the hope that we could also influence other companies to follow the same sustainable path.”
In the coming years, Mica plans to continue its sustainability efforts.
“Installing the solar panels at Mica is another step toward creating and maintaining a more sustainable life in our community and beyond, but there’s always something else we can be doing to further reduce our carbon footprint,” says Bill Giannetto; site compliance coordinator and process engineer. “By evaluating our other sales offices and manufacturing processes, networking with sustainability-focused organizations, and introducing more efficient recycling programs, we plan to reduce our environmental impact even further.”
About Mica Corporation:
Mica manufactures and supplies water-based, environmentally responsible products that offer adhesion or other properties to plastic, metal, and paper surfaces in continuous web applications.
More info: www.mica-corp.com