Internal Operations

Many companies have made great strides in increasing energy efficiency in their internal operations through improved manufacturing processes, increased use of combined heat and power, and better data tracking and management. These efficiency improvements can often result in significant cost and greenhouse gas savings.

The resources below include presentations, reports and news on energy efficiency improvements that apply to internal operations, as well as links to other organizations and web sites working on this issue.

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The yen for energy efficiency is beginning to take hold in industrial America. Whether it's axles in Detroit or beer in Delaware, there are companies that realize they could eventually be touched by pending federal legislation to put a price on carbon emissions.
LED lighting retrofits can offer businesses two key benefits: some fixtures can deliver up to an 85 percent energy savings and the life span of LEDs average about 50,000 hours, reports Retrofit Magazine. But before making a decision on a retrofit, businesses first have to evaluate their current lighting layout and future requirements.
The best options for cost-effective data center retrofits that significantly reduce energy consumption include electrical equipment upgrades, server virtualization and cooling optimization, according to an article written by Coy Stine, director of Data Center Services for Bluestone Energy Services for Data Center Knowledge.
How can a small gas station with a mini-mart green its operations? What changes to common lease agreements would help landlords and tenants in commercial buildings move toward energy efficiency?
Ford Motor Company’s new PC Power Management program is expected to save the automaker $1.2 million and reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 16,000 to 25,000 metric tons annually.
A study by the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) finds that environmental and sustainability (E&S) employee education and engagement initiatives help companies achieve a range of business objectives from attracting and retaining employees to boosting the bottom line.
In pursuit of its Living Green program, KPMG cut its carbon footprint by 7 percent in 2008, according to its Living Green Annual Report 2009.
Canadian Tire, a retailer of tire and automotive parts, gas stations and general merchandise and apparel, says it will be among the first Canadian companies to include their sustainability metrics in its quarterly and year-end financial reporting, according to its first Community and Business Sustainability Report.
The EPA hopes to launch its Energy Star program for data centers in June, reports PCWorld.
Utilities, commercial businesses and other organizations have the opportunity to spur the development of a U.S. smart grid, which is expected to deliver significant energy and cost savings. A smart grid is the right decision to meet both social responsibility and economic business objectives, according to Dave Hardin, Invensys Operations Management, in an article written for ISA.
Technology Business Research’s (TBR) quarterly report highlights different sustainability strategies at three major global companies: Dell, CSC and Cisco. The analysis covers Dell’s product design and manufacturing strategy, CSC’s scorecard for managing stakeholder expectations and Cisco’s plan to virtualize “green” IT.
Capturing and analyzing energy efficiency-metrics in data centers can improve business management decisions in several areas, particularly as computing and storage requirements grow, coupled with rising electricity costs, according to a report from Info-Tech.
IBM has launched a new energy efficient data center that, in turn, lowers the carbon footprint of clients who use it for “cloud computing.”
The report details 10 best practices for encouraging employee engagement on company sustainability projects. Link to the Green Impact blog www.greenimpact.com/blog.

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