Sustainability

Why inefficient energy management processes limit business success

Successful enterprises have one thing in common; they are able to do more with less. This is an especially important skill for businesses to have in its arsenal to overcome… Read more »

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7 signs your hospital could benefit from an energy performance contract

In my last blog, I talked a little about energy performance contracts (EPCs) and how they have benefitted hospitals that need get creative with funding energy management and sustainability initiatives…. Read more »

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Energy Efficiency Starts From Me

We are all concerned with Energy, or rather the increasing lack of it. Demand for energy is already outstripping supply and growth of demand is faster than the growth of… Read more »

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Did you know that it is possible to save CO2 by connecting capacitors to the electrical networks?

By improving the power factor in an electrical circuit, capacitors can directly curb CO2 emissions. It’s a fact. If you connect capacitor banks to your electrical network you save energy and reduce… Read more »

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Hospital energy waste puts a damper on operating budgets and public health

In Australia, energy prices have increased 19% over the last 3 years, and in 2012, the government passed a new carbon tax, which is expected to increase hospital electricity bills… Read more »

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Renewable energy is risk averse – Just like you (and the NFL, Texas, and others you wouldn’t expect)

Maybe you chose a garden gnome in your yard to guard the spare house key. Or maybe you have it in a petunia planter, or under that nondescript rock. Keeping… Read more »

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What is the shelf life of a Sustainability Manager?

I have read a number of articles recently that support completely opposing viewpoints. 1. Not far in the future we will see a Sustainability Manager role in every business in… Read more »

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Why do you need to comply with ISO50001?

The International Standards Organization is probably most famous for ISO9001, which defines Industrial Quality Management standards, and ISO14001, which is central to Environmental Management Systems. Sure, you can build a… Read more »

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Muskets, Crossbows and CEOs: How energy can change the face of corporate warfare

In the 18th century, warfare was changed forever. Out were the romantic knights with armor and lances, and in were muskets, artillery and infantrymen. Armies now used gunpowder as an… Read more »

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Achieving Business Competitiveness Through Energy Management

What is Energy Management? The response to this question will depend on whether you ask an energy policy maker, a plant head of a large manufacturing facility, an Architecture/Engineering/Construction professional,… Read more »

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Video: Behind the Scenes of Energy University

In a previous post, I discussed how Schneider Electric’s free online education program, Energy University was recently recognized with the prestigious Sustainable Energy Europe Award, presented during the 2014 EU… Read more »

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Marathoner vs. Man – The Energy Run

Man has used energy from its most primitive way in prehistoric times to the most advanced forms in today’s world. If we were to divide the Paris Marathon route of… Read more »

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An Alternative to Building Management Systems for Smarter, Safer, and More Efficient Schools

There’s an old recipe for educational success – the basics of any educational foundation. It’s known as the three “Rs” … Reading, wRiting and aRithmetic. Well, I’d like to add… Read more »

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A Peek “Under the Hood” of the New High Precision Computer Room Air Conditioners

To a visitor who walks into a data center only once every 5 years, the computer room air conditioner (CRAC) units that line the perimeter may look remarkably the same… Read more »

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The Electrical Distribution System: A Ticking Time Bomb?

When was the last time you went to your building basement or to the ground floor and checked the Electrical Distribution System of your building? Or let’s start by asking,… Read more »

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I Heart Green Buildings

The Twitterverse has been abuzz today with heart day topics from “How Sustainable is Your Valentine’s Day Candy?” and a Harvard Business Review “Ode to Leadership and Love.” In honor of… Read more »

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Making sense of the alphabet soup: Decoding Green Rating systems

“Which green rating / certification should we pursue?” This question comes up often when interacting with customers. To quote a professor of mine from graduate school, the correct answer to… Read more »

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I Manage a Green Building

My last blog was about working in a green building, where occupants see values such as easy card access to the building and EV charging station, direct interaction with the… Read more »

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What I learned From an Access to Energy Program with a Gender Lens in Brazil

When we dive into the access to energy world some startling statistics shine bright all over us: 1.1 billion people with no access to energy; 2.6 billion with no clean… Read more »

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Green Buildings: Why India Needs so Many of Them

The energy consumption in the buildings sector is one of the highest, and so they provide us with a huge opportunity for energy savings. In India, experts say that close… Read more »

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Green Buildings: Why India Needs so Many of Them

The energy consumption in the buildings sector is one of the highest, and so they provide us with a huge opportunity for energy savings. In India, experts say that close… Read more »

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Advancing Standards in the Built Environment

As my colleague Melissa O’Mara recently wrote, energy efficiency standards are crucial in the journey to achieving high performing buildings. Codes and Standards such as the IECC and ASHRAE Standards… Read more »

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The maturity scale of your Industrial Energy Management Program

We see a lot of industrial end users moving beyond facilities-based energy management to process-based energy management—that is, mitigating energy loss on the process floor, since that’s where the majority… Read more »

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GUEST POST: China at an Environmental Crossroads: Trends and Strategies – Part 1

In this guest post by Rosie Pidcock, a current resident of Beijing, we learn her perspective on the environmental challenges China is facing  Beijing has been in the hot seat… Read more »

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Why Sustainability is Good Business – and How Good Data Can Get You There

An interesting shift is taking place with respect to the issue of sustainability: a growing number of companies are recognizing that a strong sustainability program is good business. There’s sound… Read more »

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What Does King Tut Have to Do with Energy Management . . . Everything if You Are the Dallas Museum of Art

I love it when a plan comes together. Most of our municipal clients come to us with very different goals. The conversation is often started by a new regulatory mandate… Read more »

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Dear 2015, this is a message from 2050

It’s 2050 and we want to send some thoughts and advice for those of you back in 2015. You may not realise it but you’re at a key point for… Read more »

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Connecting Fish Farming in the North Sea with Global Data Centers; the Promise of IoT-driven Change

Continuing with my series of blogs based upon the workshop we ran at our Kolding Solutions Center (see “24 Hours Putting the Internet of Things Under the Microscope”), I thought… Read more »

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3 Best Practices for Reducing IT Energy Use – and Curbing Global Energy Demand

The demand for energy around the world is continuing unabated. The International Energy Agency, which is focused on ensuring reliable, clean energy for its 29 member countries and beyond, predicts… Read more »

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What Will It Take for Colocation Providers to Reach New Levels of Innovation

I had the opportunity last month to speak to the Global Operations team of a large colocation provider regarding Schneider’s view of technical innovation inside the cloud and service provider… Read more »

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