Sustainability can no longer be considered a standalone initiative – it should be seamlessly integrated into an organization’s overarching business strategy. But the biggest challenge for most companies, is lack of knowledge on what sustainability means and how it applies to their business and operations. Most companies are working towards being a responsible company but don’t quite know how to communicate this information in an effective and trustworthy manner.
What gets measured, gets managed. We encourage our customers to begin with a current state assessment – know where you stand, so you can plan where you want to go in the future.
With this thought in mind, we have a quick easy assessment for organizations to understand their sustainability journey better. The assessment aims to give insight into a company’s performance across governance, social and environmental dim
We can then work with companies to help them achieve thought leadership in sustainability.
So do our assesment, know your competency and start/progress on your sustainability journey with us!
How is smart technology and manufacturing going to help companies enhance their sustainability aspects tomorrow? Studies estimate that plant will be more energy efficient than other factories and will use significantly less water. For example, the smart factory built by Renault in Tangiers, Morocco, has been estimated to have reduced CO2 emission by almost half. This was done by close monitoring to ensure that effluents are managed and properly controlled and not released in to nearby water bodies untreated. In addition, energy procurement was shifted to consider predominantly renewable resources with particular emphasis on solar and hydro power generation.
Ever since sustainability started growing in importance in the corporate and national level, industries like engineering, manufacturing and technology have been ones that have been at the forefront of it. This is primarily because one of the most important and tangible measures of sustainability is judicious use of resources.
One of the most obvious way by which this can be done is by reduction of losses which in turn is a direct function of efficiency of manufacturing and engineering operations. Ask any engineer, and he will tell you that it is practically impossible to have a manufacturing process or a machine which operates at 100% efficiency. But it is also a widely known and accepted fact that the efficiency level that our processes and factories operate at are nowhere near the optimal level or at a level which can be termed sustainable by any stretch of imagination.
With growing concerns regarding sustainability throughout the world, the United Nation member states came together in 2015 to build a framework that encompasses strategies to promote economic prosperity, emotional well-being and overall development while protecting the environment.
The goals are to take in to consideration countries from all levels of economy and development – poor, middle income and rich. The goal, as cited by the United Nations is, ‘to build a better world for people and our planet by 2030’.
The world that we live in is slowly disappearing in to the nadir of the oblivion. With every acre of rainforest burning, every single ice cap melting and with every milligram of harmful gas emitted in to the atmosphere, we are being our very own architects of destruction. Sustainability might have been a buzz word in the beginning of the century, but is very much a real and immediate need of today. If we are to have any hope of a decent and civilized life on this planet in the near future which is devoid of gas masks and oxygen cylinders, we have to act and now.
In addition to climate change, which is one of the most common manifestations of unsustainable operations, other issues that need immediate attention are environmental degradation, pollution of water bodies and loss of biodiversity. Countering these aspects needs measures that aim for not only concerted efforts by corporates to ensure environment friendly practices but also intervention at the global level between governments and authorities to aim for holistic developments in terms of enhanced efficiency, reduced loss and better and more prudent strategies and operations, both on a domestic and global scale.