Rogers recognizes the opportunity to positively impact the future by encouraging environmental sustainability practices within our operations and reducing our carbon footprint.
Rogers is committed to carrying out its business in an environmentally responsible manner and to integrating environmental considerations into our decision-making and work activities. We work to understand and responsibly manage existing and emerging risks to the environment associated with, or affected by, our business activities.
We are subject to a variety of federal, state, local and foreign laws, rules and regulations related to the use, storage, handling, discharge or disposal of certain toxic, volatile or otherwise hazardous chemicals, gases and other substances used in manufacturing our products. Rogers operates in full compliance with all applicable environmental regulations in the jurisdictions where our advanced materials and components are produced. This commitment is reflected in our corporate policies, business processes, operational procedures and product designs. We promptly and completely investigate and respond to incidents that result in, or have the potential to cause, environmental harm. The following are some examples of the ways in which we manage our environmental impacts and seek to improve the sustainability of our activities:
Just as Rogers’ materials help reduce worldwide energy usage, we also work to decrease the consumption of energy used in our operations. We aim to be as efficient as possible and continually track our energy usage to identify areas for improvement. A few examples of recent actions include:
|Global Energy Consumption in 2020||MWh|
|Total Energy Consumption||342,841.10|
In 2020, we were pleased to complete our first greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory following the GHG Protocol Corporate Standard, which provides standards and guidance for organizations preparing a GHG emissions inventory. A GHG emissions inventory is the foundation for developing, implementing and monitoring climate change mitigation and reduction initiatives. Participation in an annual GHG emissions inventory demonstrates an important step forward with regards to ESG and business transparency efforts. More information on Rogers’ ESG commitments and targets will be shared in future reports.
By collecting 2019 and 2020 GHG emissions, Rogers has developed an initial baseline to track future GHG emissions progress and potential future expansion of the collection and analysis of the emission sources included in our carbon footprint. Through this analysis, we have outlined relevant sources for direct (Scope 1: natural gas, propane, diesel oil) and indirect (Scope 2: electricity) emissions. In the future, we hope to expand these efforts by including additional sources and Scope 3 value chain emissions.
Our manufacturing facilities are subject to local air emissions permitting and reporting requirements and our comprehensive management systems ensure our continued compliance with permit conditions and regulations. To contextualize our emissions data, we use reporting metrics that account for these factors and monitor relative GHG emissions intensity by normalizing our global footprint according to net revenue. Emissions data for our GHG key performance indicators (KPIs) have been calculated using location-based Scope 2 GHG emissions . Our 2020 GHG KPI is 84.70 tCO2e per $ million USD revenue, based on $802.6 million USD 2020 revenue.
1 The Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol defines location-based scope 2 accounting as a calculation method that utilizes the average emissions intensity of the grid on which energy consumption occurs. A market-based calculation method uses the emissions from electricity that companies have intentionally selected.
|Global GHG Emissions in 2020||Metric Tons CO2e|
|Direct Scope 1 Emissions||21,075.06|
|Indirect Scope 2 Emissions (Location-based)||46,904.19|
|Indirect Scope 2 Emissions (Market-based)||47,673.24|
|Total Scope 1 + 2 Emissions (Location-based)||67,929.25|
|Total Scope 1 + 2 Emissions (Market-based)||68,748.30|
In 2020, Rogers’ Germany site was certified to the ISO 50001 Standard for Energy Management Systems. This global energy management systems standard specifies requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining and improving environmental management systems. It is based on the Plan-Do-Check-Act management system for continual improvement, which is recognized by manufacturing plants around the world that have implemented other ISO standards. ISO 50001 is for organizations, similar to Rogers, committed to addressing their impact, conserving resources and improving the bottom line through efficient energy management.
Our water management efforts are focused on maximizing water efficiency at our manufacturing facilities to conserve water whenever possible. In 2020, our total water usage was 109.66 million gallons. We continually evaluate process water saving opportunities and track water use at sites to identify areas of improvement. At our Arizona facilities, Rogers continues to take advantage of xeriscaping principles and drip irrigation to minimize water use. We treat industrial wastewater through permitted on-site treatment systems and discharge to publicly owned treatment works. In addition, Rogers utilizes an ion exchange system during the copper etch rinse process to recycle rinse water and reduce the generation of hazardous waste for disposal. This water recycling project is projected to save up to $80,000 per year depending on the rate of production and operations. Currently, we are exploring ways to implement company-wide metrics to better track our water management efforts.
Throughout our operations and value chain, Rogers has implemented many emissions reduction initiatives to manage our carbon footprint. Below are a few examples.
Driven by our commitment to sustainability, Rogers actively manages and reduces both non-hazardous and hazardous waste generation and works to minimize the amount of waste sent to landfill. We follow the Waste Disposal Hierarchy of focusing on waste reduction starting with prevention, reduction, recycling, recovery and disposal. This hierarchy is followed to reduce Rogers’ environmental impact and promote lean manufacturing across our operations.
Each Rogers facility has a waste management program in place to properly handle, store and dispose of hazardous waste it may generate. In addition, we encourage our supply chain partners to actively participate in energy saving and waste reduction programs. In 2020, we saved $6,000 by recycling intermediate bulk containers through our totes recycling initiative.
We regularly report hazardous waste generation to the US EPA or EPA-authorized state programs. We also track end-of-year waste inventories and provide monthly hazardous waste manifest reports for individual state reporting requirements. Employees who handle or manage hazardous waste receive documented trainings, including introductory and refresher courses. Rogers conducts routine audits of hazardous waste disposal facilities to ensure proper permits are in place and regulatory requirements are met. Special wastes are assessed and handled by authorized and qualified service providers.
|Waste Type||Pounds of Waste Generated in 2020|
|Landfilled and Waste-to-Energy||8,016,167.37|
Innovation is at our very core. We operate four Innovation Centers spanning the globe, with locations in the US, Germany and China. Our vision is to build closer linkages between academic research, industry know-how and technology commercialization. The Centers’ goals are to address global challenges in advanced mobility, telecommunications and additive manufacturing through the development of commercially viable breakthrough innovations and to explore solutions in energy storage.
Our Innovation Center in Burlington, Massachusetts was created in partnership with Northeastern University’s George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security in 2014. The 4,000 square-foot Innovation Center includes laboratories, conference rooms and office space designed to facilitate communication and collaboration between the on-site Rogers staff members and the Northeastern faculty and students working alongside them. Rogers was drawn to Northeastern specifically because of its commitment to use-inspired research that addresses global challenges—particularly in health, security and sustainability.
Rogers operates from our historical home in Rogers, Connecticut, a site that we have occupied continuously since 1936. We invest in the site not only to comply with current environmental regulations, but also to enhance environmental sustainability for the community.
Rogers has operated from our Rogers, Connecticut site for 85 years. We continuously work to ensure that we are properly monitoring and responding to issues under current environmental regulations relating to our historic operations. In 2019 and 2020, we completed a project to help preserve biodiversity along the Quinebaug River, which runs adjacent to this site. This project involved removing excess vegetation along the riverbanks and installing acres of riprap (a permanent ground cover of large, loose, angular stone used to prevent erosion) to protect the riverbanks. We expect these efforts will enhance the Quinebaug River and provide downstream benefits as well.