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Using the TRT to Reduce Emissions and Save Money

Posted by Joe Tyson on Apr 17, 2013
Tags: green tips

Every spring, we help our Tracking and Reporting Tool (TRT) clients wrap up their annual emissions assessments. It’s a busy couple weeks of gathering final utility bills and double-checking previously entered data. It is also an exciting time for our team who works on the TRT and for our clients’ sustainability teams who have been tracking results throughout the year.

Beyond providing users with a breakdown of their greenhouse gas footprint, the TRT has been helping our clients look deeper into their operations and better understand the sources of their emissions. Clients go beyond simply compiling an annual report. They can see how understanding their emissions profile can help them make meaningful changes in operations. This year, I worked with one company in particular who has been using the TRT to dig into issues familiar to any sustainably minded company.

The client had loaded several years’ data into the TRT. Looking at complete data from such a long period of time allowed the company to measure its progress and also to see what the main drivers of their emissions were.

As a company that manufactures around the world, shipping made up the majority of the footprint. To better understand the shipping information, we tied the total shipping emissions to the number of units produced that year. Looking at the historic per-unit emissions, we were able to pinpoint the variables driving annual swings in total shipping emissions.

As a company with several dozen locations and numerous sources of emissions, these data were previously buried in spreadsheets and annual reports. Pulling the information into a single platform that allowed us to collect and dissect the data, we could readily see that shipping was the largest part of the company’s footprint, and with proper planning, the emissions could be drastically cut and—pay attention—money saved.

There are other changes the company can make to their operations to render them more lean and sustainable. Having access to accurate data in this case allowed the sustainability team to isolate the component of their operations that was the most significant driver of emissions and offered the most potential for improvements. Additional changes lie ahead.

These opportunities are what keep me excited about working with companies to measure and analyze their emissions. Every company has unique operations with distinct opportunities to make them more sustainable. The TRT helps them to accurately evaluate these opportunities and use their limited time and resources most effectively. The TRT highlights the intersection of sustainability and smart business, showing that with a complete understanding of its greenhouse gas footprint, a company can reduce its emissions, save money, and grow.

Cheers,

Joseph Tyson
Sales Associate

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