Sustainability

INFOGRAPHIC: Every Step Counts in the Race for Efficiency

The journey to run a marathon and to reduce energy are very similar. They should both have a structured approach, consult experts and know the challenges.  The following infographic outlines… Read more »

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How big are Power line losses?

Electricity has to be transmitted from large power plants to the consumers via extensive networks. The transmission over long distances creates power losses. The major part of the energy losses comes… Read more »

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Food crisis is looming but our trash bins are full of wasted food!

Being part of a traditional French culture that places a high priority on the enjoyment of food, it’s hard to imagine the subject of food waste.  However, according to the… Read more »

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The impact of "Big Data" on energy and sustainability

How big is big data? Wikipedia defines big data as collection of data sets so large and complex that it becomes difficult to process using on-hand database management tools or… Read more »

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Finally, an opportunity to clean up global ports and make them more profitable

Adventures in the high seas are awe-inspiring. Uncontrollable natural forces, exciting discoveries, and great obstacles created by winds and beasts make for attention-grabbing tales. But, in the real-world, too much… Read more »

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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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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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An energy bill that Congress can and should pass – The Hill's Congress Blog

An energy bill that Congress can and should pass – The Hill’s Congress Blog. Excellent article by our North American CEO, Chris Curtis.  Worth the full read to get the… 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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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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Where to Start When Addressing Healthcare Facility Data Security Issues

Cyberattacks, whether generated from a single individual or a politically-motivated group, have emerged as a bigger threat to the healthcare industry security in recent years. Tight regulations and the growing… 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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Unlocking Insights on Energy Efficiency & Asset Management Through Field Devices

Industrial energy use accounts for one-third of the world’s total energy demand. Rising concerns about climate change further heightened the importance of energy efficiency. Policymakers ticked energy efficiency as the… Read more »

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COP-21: South America Needs to Seriously Commit!

COP-21, to takes place in Paris until December 11th 2015, has the main objective to achieve, for the first time, a universal and binding agreement to effectively fight against climate change and boost… Read more »

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4 Predictions for the Industrial Internet

The Industrial Internet Consortium is one of the world’s foremost industry organizations dedicated to accelerating the adoption and enablement of the Industrial Internet of Things (“IIoT”). Serving as its Chair,… Read more »

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Choosing the Right UPS Topology for IIOT and Critical Power Applications

My colleague, Daniel McGinn, provides a very good high level view of power management for IIoT devices in his recent blog, “How to Provide Power Protection in an Industrial Internet… Read more »

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How Thinking in Terms of a Circular Economy Gives New Life to an Old Option

In previous posts we discussed the need for both manufacturers and customers to change the way we make and use products to a circular approach – based on repairing, reusing,… 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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Our Journey to LEED Platinum

Earth Rangers’ Journey to LEED Platinum As you may have seen from some of my previous blogs on this site and on www.ERCShowcase.com, the Earth Rangers Centre is a cutting… 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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