Why Companies are pursuing Sustainability ?
Here is why :
1 – Increase operational efficiency by reducing costs and waste
2 – Respond to or reach new customers and increase competitive advantage
3 – Protect and strengthen brand and reputation and build public trust
4 – Build long-term business viability and success
5 – Respond to regulatory constraints and opportunities
For manufacturers looking to bring the Green Suppliers Network to their supply chain, participating can:
- Strengthen suppliers’ ability to respond to needs.
- Share priorities and issues with suppliers.
- Improve the overall quality of products.
- Reduce the cumulative carbon footprint of products.
Companies engaged in sustainability efforts include those of all sizes, ages and sectors. Companies move forward along the path to sustainability by improving performance and reducing their resource footprint. Ways that companies progress further on the path to sustainability include:
- Address sustainability in a coordinated, integrated and formal manner, rather than in an ad hoc, unconnected and informal manner
- Focus on increased competitiveness and revenues rather than primarily focusing on cost-cutting, risk reduction and improved efficiency
- Use innovation, scenario planning and strategic analysis to go beyond compliance
- Integrate sustainability across business functions
- Focus more on the long term
- Work collaboratively with external stakeholders
What does Sustainable Manufacturing mean
Sustainable manufacturing is defined as the creation of Manufactured products that use processes that minimize negative environmental impacts, conserve energy and natural resources.
The goal of sustainable manufacturing is to obtain a view of the whole product cycle and optimize the life-cycle of manufacturing systems, products and associated services. Also increases the company’s total economic , social and environmental benefits.
Here are the Manufacturing Processes Designed:
- Fewer raw materials and produce zero waste
- Energy Conservation
- Waste reduction
- Water Conservation = Little to no water
- Reduce/Reuse/Recycle Packaging
- Reduce Pollutants and CO2 Emissions
- Cost savings: Lower usage costs
- Efficiency: Parallel Processing Mechanism; Immediate assistance from the System Vendor; Can be accessed from any time and place; Collection of computing power.
What is the benefit to use the Renewable Energy:
Generating electricity from renewable energy rather than fossil fuels offers significant public health benefits. The air and water pollution emitted by coal and natural gas plants is linked to breathing problems, neurological damage, heart attacks, and cancer. Replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy has been found to reduce premature mortality and lost workdays, and it reduces overall healthcare costs.
A completely renewable resource: environmentally responsible, recyclable, compostable, cost-effective and versatile. Tree farms help clear the air, protecting our environment while helping ensure a sustainable future.
Forest products facilities produce 70 percent of the renewable biomass energy used by the entire manufacturing sector.
Manufacturing/Machineries for Sustainability
Sustainable Manufacturing have taken large steps to improve our energy efficiency and reduce our carbon footprint at our 5 manufacturing facilities and have laid out long term goals for continued and sustainable improvements in all of manufacturing operations
Here are a few of the initiatives:
- Auto-Shutdown Timers on machines we use and manufacture.
- Introduction of Powder Coat paints.
- Installed Energy efficient lighting.
- Cardboard and Paper Recycling.
- Traceability Supply Chain
Managing Energy Use
The energy use of our facilities varies greatly, driven by sales and other factors beyond the energy efficiency of the equipment and operations. So, while we track and report absolute energy use, we manage and set targets based on normalized energy use.
Normalizing is the process of removing the impact of these factors on energy use to objectively compare the energy performance of facilities and operations. This helps us establish targets that decouple the growth of our business and energy-efficiency improvements. As our business continues to grow, energy use will continue to increase. We set energy use targets that allow for this growth while focusing on energy efficiency projects.
Some projects to manage energy use include:
- Beginning to install sub-meters for our roasting operations and our packaging lines. The sub-meters allow us to monitor energy use on a per-machine basis. This will be an ongoing effort as we continue to install meters, evaluate our footprint, and set actionable goals for energy use.
- Reducing roasting energy use in our U.S. operations by working with employees to run grinding equipment more efficiently.
- Working to reduce transportation-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from our Manufacturing facility operations owned and operated fleet of vehicles. Strategies include better driving habits, switching to propane fuel, and purchasing smaller vehicles.