Insider Knowledge Report Shares Lessons Learned from Environmental Decision-Makers
Environmental Leader today released the 2014 edition of its annual Insider Knowledge Report, made possible by Enviance. The report includes lessons-learned, tactics, insights and case studies from experts working in the trenches of corporate environmental, sustainability and energy management.
Executives from Schneider Electric, Canon USA, DuPont Sustainable Solutions, TD Bank, JLL, Waste Management, and more than 100 others contributed to the report and shared what they learned while doing their jobs last year.
“Contributions to the report indicate that companies are increasingly turning the spotlight on energy, waste, and water management. They’re initiating expansive and aggressive sustainability programs with far-reaching results. And they’re partnering in smart ways to extend their programs and ensure longevity of their initiatives,” says Paul Nastu, publisher of Environmental Leader and Energy Manager Today.
“Enviance, known for our depth in environmental compliance and operational risk management, has now leveraged the experience of solving the toughest environmental compliance challenges to launch groundbreaking product advancements in business process optimization, mobility, and analytics,” says Dave McCurdy, Executive Vice President, Enviance. “It’s our mission to not only assure compliance and reduction of risk, but provide the insights that enable operational and financial improvements to make our customers more competitive. In that spirit, we are pleased to sponsor this seminal report that brings together the best insights and lessons learned from environmental and industry leaders in a way that is useful, actionable and powerful.”
JLL, for example, debunked the top 10 smart building myths, including the myth that smart building technologies are expense. Leo O’Loughlin, senior VP of Energy and Sustainability Services, wrote, “Smart building technology investments typically pay for themselves within one or two years by delivering energy savings and other operational efficiencies. One smart building management pilot program we worked on, for example, generated a positive return on investment within several months.”
Thierry Trudel from Cascades Tissue Group weighed in on achieving certification, saying, “The process leading up to re-certification gave us better insight into increasingly stringent compliance criteria and was a helpful comparison and benchmark of our own rigorous standards. The priority to focus on environmental health, as well as social requirements, helped to provide a total-picture approach from a compliance standard and further advance the way we think at Cascades.”
Hilton Worldwide’s manager of corporate responsibility, Katelin Kennedy, wrote about the value of partnerships: “To realize our waste reduction goals, we sought the additional support of experts in the field in areas that were material to our waste operations including Good 360, Global Soap Project, Feeding America and Global FoodBanking Network. Each of these organizations offers insights to help drive processes and systems necessary to implement varied waste programs.”
Anheuser-Busch InBev’s Bert Share, senior global director of Beer & a Better World, talked about the importance of creating best practices for use across the organization: “AB InBev’s team in China was able to achieve the company’s largest region-wide reduction in water and energy consumption between 2009 and 2012 (38% and 30% respectively) by implementing initiatives from other regions. The China team’s success – such as its method to continuously benchmark utilities usage between brewery departments by drilling down into energy and water data – has been adopted by other regions.”
Download the report here.
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