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.”