Sustainable Manufacturing News
The Focus on Energy Water and Wastewater Program was developed to support the industry because of the enormous potential to reduce energy use without compromising water quality standards. Through the program, numerous water and wastewater personnel have learned that energy use can be managed, with no adverse effects on water quality. Most locations that have saved energy have found improved control and treatment.
A companywide campaign to curb emissions, reduce energy use and decrease water consumption is showing early results at Archer Daniels Midland Company, according to the company’s newly released Corporate Responsibility report.
New Superior Energy Performance (SEP) members 3M Company, Cummins Inc., General Dynamics OTS, Nissan, Schneider Electric, and Volvo Group North America from industry, and the Bonneville Power Administration, Efficiency Vermont, and Northeast Utilities (Connecticut Light & Power Company, Yankee Gas, and NSTAR Electric & Gas) from the utility sector formally joined the Department of Energy's (DOE's) Better Buildings Industrial Superior Energy Performance (SEP) Accelerator Program on December 3, 2013.
Georgia-Pacific installed a single-line bleach plant to replace three older pulp bleaching processes. The upgrade project resulted in a reduction in overall groundwater use of nearly 10 million gallons per day, or 30 percent of the mill’s total daily use, since the new equipment became fully operational in the first quarter of 2012. The project also allows for a smaller energy footprint and lower air emissions from energy production.
Looking for a new vehicle? How about one that was assembled at a North American facility that helped save 61 million gallons of water last year? And you can buy that vehicle at one of the most environmentally advanced dealerships in the country. These examples of environmental leadership and more are highlighted in the recently published 2013 Toyota North American environmental report.
At our John Morrell, Smithfield Packing Company, Farmland Foods, and Murphy-Brown subsidiaries, we use an organized Environmental Management System to identify and manage every part of our operations that could have an effect on the environment. The focus is not only on compliance with applicable rules and regulations, but also on finding ways to continuously improve.
Energy use and greenhouse gas emissions occur during each step of the life cycle of our products from raw material to end-use. Because energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions can affect climate change, we are committed to minimize energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions during the manufacture of our products and to work with partners, suppliers, customers, consumers and stakeholders to help minimize their energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions related to our products.
From sustainable agriculture and energy-efficient manufacturing processes to eco-friendly packaging initiatives, Heinz is proving that smart business is compatible with environmental stewardship. In factory after factory, a transformation is underway to improve sustainability measures and reduce operating costs by installing more efficient equipment, modernizing business processes and implementing new technologies.
ADM views reducing energy use as a key means of reducing the emissions associated with energy generation, and, therefore, to improving our environmental profile. In 2008, ADM convened a cross-functional, cross-divisional Energy Resource Management Working Group to help standardize the way we measure and report energy metrics companywide. The group was also charged with helping the company reduce its usage on a per-unit of production basis through facility assessments, process improvements and the development of energy plans specific to company divisions.
From 2005 to 2010, we reduced our energy use by 16 percent and our energy-related carbon dioxide emissions by 18 percent. By 2015, we’re aiming to reduce our energy use and energy-related carbon dioxide emissions by an additional 15 percent each. We’re making progress by changing our operations, improving facilities and training employees to modify their behavior. We’re also investing in new technologies for lighting, heating, refrigeration, processing and packaging.
In fiscal year 2010, General Mills announced a 6 percent reduction in its energy consumption rate over five years (from the 2005 baseline). While progress fell short of the 15 percent goal, several of the company’s businesses successfully achieved double-digit energy reductions by the end of fiscal year 2010.
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