Article originally published on EHS Today on January 4, 2020 - Read introduction here and click on the button below for the full article:

From conducting onsite assessments of nearly 100 global facilities over the past few years and providing desktop and virtual technical advice to many more, we have learned a lot about how to effectively support clients with saving money and reducing their impacts on local communities and natural resources. It doesn’t matter what sector you are in because optimization opportunities are very similar across industries. Given the trends occurring toward needing to operate in a low carbon, limited resource and high stakeholder expectation’s world, now is the time to make sure your company’s “house is in order” and that your facilities have optimized their energy, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, water and wastewater.

Companies should approach optimization in a systematic way working inside-out. For instance, with energy and carbon, the following progression is recommended for a facility to pursue decarbonization:

  • Reduce your energy demand.

  • Evaluate lower carbon energy sourcing options both onsite and offsite, including available incentives.

  • Consider carbon capture and sequestration.

  • Pursue carbon offsets or credits.

To make sure your facility is optimized for water, it is best to consider a “4R” approach:

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