“Green” Challenges in Industry

As our climate continues to change, it’s becoming increasingly imperative that we all do our part, domestically as well as industrially, to reduce our carbon footprint. This is especially important in high-impact industries. Although manufacturing and other industries continue to face environmental challenges, many are taking steps to reduce their footprint and even produce a positive impact on our world.

Fuel alternatives

One of the industries facing the biggest criticism and challenges is the fuel industry. Fossil fuels are proven to be hard on the planet, both in terms of carbon emissions and the methods used to drill for oil. All the same, they are a lucrative industry and maintain their position as our primary fuel source, especially for our vehicles. But alternatives such as biodiesel have come on the scene. Biodiesel is diesel fuel made from the leftover organic oils of restaurants and similar ventures. It manages to recycle what could be waste, and it burns cleaner than fossil fuels do. Manufacturers and businesses rely on all types of energy sources to keep themselves functioning. Even if a company hasn’t made the switch to renewable energy yet, there are methods by which it can reduce waste. Integrating a fuel company as both supplier and repair servicer means that industries avoid long-lasting leaks and breakages that waste fuel.

Complying with regulations

There are other industries that face major challenges due to their environmental impact. One industry that has faced major criticism is the process known as fracking, which is short for hydraulic fracturing. In this process, water is injected into subterranean rocks and boreholes at high pressures, opening existing fissures further to extract oil or gas. It’s a major fuel production method for the US, and it also produces a lot of waste, as does stone fabrication. In an effort to turn quarried granite and other stones into smooth countertops and facades, stone fabricators use grit polish, washing, and sealant to produce a smooth and aesthetically-appealing product; however, this process does create a lot of wastewater. For these industries, the Environmental Protection Agency has strict measures in place to reduce waste. There are companies out there that offer specialized stone fabrication wastewater treatment and produced water (a byproduct of fracking) treatment. By following the regulations, which are based on ever-evolving scientific understanding and research, companies involved in environmentally-challenging processes can mitigate their footprint and make sure that their production comes at a smaller health and environmental risk.

Simple changes

Any company or industry can find ways to minimize its environmental impact, however. Methods include building eco-friendly buildings that meet Leadership in Environmental Energy and Design (LEED) -certifications of Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum. Manufacturers can easily make their facilities consume less energy. Simple energy awareness and facility monitoring will inevitably lead to less consumption. Hiring an energy management team, conducting regular energy audits, strategically scheduling when equipment is used, and controlling production with floor shutdowns during weekends or off-shift times are relatively easy to implement and make a notable difference.

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