In the spirit of launching our newest research library here at LNS, I have provided articles that coincide with the Industrial Energy Management (IEM) space. Within the IEM research library, our team plans to provide best practice guides, corporate case studies, and solution selection guidelines relating to energy management. Below you will find articles discussing sustainability, renewable energy, and tips on energy reporting.
Dakota Software provided a glimpse into the progress that Unilever has made their efforts of implementing supply chain sustainability. To date, Unilever sources 36% of its raw materials in such a way and is well on its way to achieving 100% ethically sourced raw materials by 2020. The company’s chief procurement officer, Mark Engel, stated “sustainable sourcing is not only about managing business risks, it also presents an opportunity for growth, allowing brands to stand out in the marketplace”. The sustainable sourcing initiative is part of a company-wide strategy to reduce its carbon footprint by half while doubling the size of the business. Learn about Unilever’s other methods for environmental improvement.
In this Plant Services article, Peter Garforth stresses the importance of evaluating energy management and clean energy capabilities fully before deciding on implementing non-traditional sources. As the cost of alternative such as solar photovoltaic, wind, and combined heat and power decrease, their efficiency and reliability continue to increase. Too often do companies jump on the environmentally friendly train without fully understand their own needs, leading to missed opportunities and inappropriate investments. Garforth discusses management programs, electrical peaks, power supply reliability, and on-site renewable and clean generation. Read more.
Energy Manager Today provides an article discussing a common challenge today of bridging the gap between energy and sustainability data. Solving and closing this gap is critical to internal and external sustainability reporting. Jorgen Vos and Pablo Paster of Hama Software discuss the Energy Information Administrator’s Commission Building Energy Consumption Survey; what they say is, as of today, the main source of building energy intensity metrics. Thus, indicating an opportunity for a better and more comprehensive methodology. Vos and Paster take a look at existing tools, reporting protocols, and estimation best practices.
Sustainable Business News & Green Biz discuss the free app called eVIZ [energy visualizer] released by Democrats from the House of National Resources Committee. This app allows for U.S. citizens to visualize energy use in all state comparatively, and understand the consequently effects that are occurring. eVIZ provides three animated experiences to the use: 1. U.S energy production (wind, solar, oil, coal) and consumption, 2. Calculation of the cost of extreme weather (natural disaster with more than $1billion in damage, and 3. Calculation of the current fuel economy. Government data in a creative visualization tool.
Today’s Energy Solutions provides a brief an update from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects regarding our energy infrastructure based on Q1 results. When speaking about renewable energy sources, we are referencing biomass, geothermal, solar, water, and wind. Last quarter, 82% of all new domestic electrical capacities installed were renewable energy sources, wind dominating the space. Now, 16% of the total installed operating energy generating capacities in the U.S is renewable sources. Month to month renewable energy generation is continuing to increase. Read more on the Q1 numbers.
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