Since the need to understand regulations and environmental obligations has become more critical and complex, companies are now using enterprise-wide software systems to track, manage and report environmental compliance. With all of this raw data being collected, companies might be asking themselves how environmental data already captured in their systems for compliance purposes can be leveraged in a way that also creates business value.
Enviance’s new e-book, “5 Ways to Create Business Value with your Environmental Data” is a step by step guide for companies that want to tap into their environmental data to create business value from plant floor to the C-suite. Within this book, you’ll find critical tips on how to better manage your data, streamline operations, and create cost savings, including how to:
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If you haven’t registered yet for our complimentary live webinar on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 11am/2pm then you’d better get to it!
Our live converstation will feature speakers from Tampa Electric Company and CH2M HILL, giving you valuable information about how to successfully evaluate, choose and deploy EHS, carbonr and water tracking software.
In this second installment of our webcast you’ll learn more best practices and lessons learned from experienced EHS and compliance professionals from Tampa Electric Company (TECO) and CH2M HILL on managing successful software projects involving EHS and water and carbon tracking. You’ll receive actionable advice for your own projects that will help you avoid common pitfalls and traps that can derail your deployment and implementation.
Among the things you’ll learn:
• What to consider when developing the scope of a software implementation
• Which internal organizational groups should be involved
• Best ways to integrate software with your existing internal systems
• Best practices in deployment and implementation of software projects
Byron Burrows, EHS Manager, Tampa Electric Company
Wade Carter, EHS Information Management, CH2M HILL
Moderator: Graeme Dykes, VP of Sales, Enviance
Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Time: 11 am Pacific/2 pm Eastern
It's time again for our monthly poll, where we ask your opinion on a wide range of pressing environmental regulation issues. Our goal is to identify what matters most to you and present your unfiltered opinions on a host of hot button topics.
Springtime is here! And as you're out and about enjoying the first months of sunshine, give this food for thought a try! Get involved and tell us what you think!
UPDATE! New date and time for GreenBiz's sixth annual State of Green Business Live webcast
Date: Friday, February 15, 2012
Now that EUEC 2013 has wrapped, we wanted to share with you some revealing feedback from the show floor. We surveyed the environmental professionals at the show about how regulation and sustainability issues are affecting their companies and organizations – and wound up with some surprising results.
Here are the key takeaways from our 2013 survey:
At a time when many companies were forced to cut back, our customers have continued to pursue the achievement of better compliance and enhanced sustainability at ever lower costs. We salute the effort to preserve environmental programs as a core business strategy, and we are proud to serve the environmental leaders and visionaries that comprise our customer base.
Thank you for your partnership with Enviance in 2012. To honor your commitment and to thank you for your continued confidence in us, Enviance has made a donation to an organization that will have planted 60,000 trees by the end of 2013 in the name of our customers.
The Enviance family wishes you Happy Holidays, a wonderful New Year, and we look forward to working with you in 2013.
Lawrence E. Goldenhersh
2012 is coming to an end, and over the past year there have been many developments in the environmental compliance, energy and sustainability industry. In working with companies that need to track and report their environmental impact, and reduce those impacts in their supply chains, we felt we were in a unique position to distill a complete view of the state of the industry in 2012, and what to expect in 2013.
So we asked you, our trusted colleagues, partners, customers and members of the analyst and media communities, to give us your thoughts and insights on what were the most important aspects of 2012, and also what you see coming in 2013.
We received tremendous feedback, with more than 485 responses from professionals in a variety of verticals, including energy & utilities, manufacturing, and construction & development, to name a few.
We’ve consolidated the responses in our new ebook, which we invite you to take a look at. We’ve got industry numbers, statistics, and illuminating quotes, on the most important trends and issues from 2012 and predictions for 2013.
We hope you enjoy reading the ebook!
Six years after the passage of AB 32, the world finally knows what a metric ton of carbon emissions costs in California, when the California Air Resources Board (CARB or Board) released the results of the November 14, 2012, auction. The price is $10.09
per metric ton for 2013, just nine cents above the regulatory “floor.” The official results were released via the Board website at noon this Monday. In addition to the “Auction Settlement Price,” CARB disclosed other aspects of the auction such as how many of the state’s obligated entities signed up to participate and how many metric tons were sold.
The interest in the program was evident as the announcing website slowed down considerably when the clock struck twelve. Additionally, there were three bids for every 2013 allowance available for purchase. That being said, there were fewer than 75 entities that signed up to participate for the first auction, which is only a small percentage of the over 350 entities representing over 600 facilities in California.
CARB actually held two separate auctions simultaneously: one for 2013 “vintage” and one for 2015 “vintage.” They can be thought of as current and future allowances, as the vintage refers to the first year in which you can use the allowance for compliance with the program. The results are summarized below.
The impact of this price has ripple effects throughout the AB 32 and carbon reduction scheme. It is the benchmark on which the many other pieces of the program will be based, including the cost-effectiveness of industrial efficiency projects, an estimate of the future price-per-gallon increase on transportation fuels, the price of carbon offsets and the viability of future offset projects, and much more.
The AB 32 Cap and Trade auction raised approximately $289 million for California’s efforts to reduce GHG emissions. How to spend the revenue is already being debated. How this ultimately occurs will be decided in the next few months.
Jon Costantino is a senior advisor for climate change, environmental and clean energy policy, and government with Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP. His twenty-year professional career includes experience in both the public and private sectors. Twitter:@JonCost
Today we bring you the next installation of our “3 Questions” series, where we ask industry experts to share their perspectives on sustainable business practices, environmental policy, climate change and more.
This week we interviewed Alison Mickey, public relations and corporate communications manager at Clean Power Finance, an online business-to-business marketplace for residential solar financing. Alison’s professional background is primarily in public relations – prior to Clean Power Finance, she spent four years at Schwartz Communications (now Schwartz MSL) working with renewable energy and solar PV companies. Before starting her career in public relations, Alison spent two years teaching community health education in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania in northwest Africa. Alison holds degrees in Chinese (BA) and International Studies and Diplomacy (MA).
Q: What do you define as the most serious environmental risk to our planet and why?
I think apathy and human nature are the most serious environmental risks to our planet. It’s kind of a global-scale tragedy of the commons: finite planetary resources are being depleted by individual nations, each acting in its own short-term self-interest, despite the unspoken recognition that such behavior will actually harm everyone in the long run.
People in the developed world are comfortable and accustomed to the convenience of a fossil fuel-based lifestyle. They don’t want to give that up. People in the developing world aspire to the security and convenience of a fossil fuel-based lifestyle, and it’s hard to make the case that they shouldn’t also enjoy it. So we have a world full of people who want what is slowly killing our planet; the fact that many of them won’t be around to see its death makes it even harder to convince them of the urgency of the situation.
Until recently, climate change was about melting ice caps and slowly evolving changes happening in some far corner of the globe, which made it easy for people to dismiss climate change as someone else’s problem. Studies have shown that humans evolved to address immediate threats—a sabre-tooth tiger about to attack—and, as a consequence, are very bad at addressing long-term, abstract threats.
Q: What policies and legislation would you like to see passed to protect our environment?
I’d like to see more aggressive support of renewable energy technologies and more international cooperation on combating climate change and reducing carbon emissions. I also think scaling back the policies and subsidies that support the coal, oil and gas industries would help. Overall, I’d like to see us treating climate change with the same urgency and bi-partisan support we accord national security threats—because, as the Department of Defense said in 2010, climate change is undeniably a national security issue.
Q: In your opinion, which industry sector has the greatest opportunity to impact the future of sustainable business?
That’s a tough question. I think many renewable energy industries are interconnected in that they enable and catalyze each other. Energy efficiency technologies—from smart thermostats to dynamic window glass—can do a great deal to improve sustainability for businesses, but I think we need to support those types of efforts with cleaner, sustainable energy generation technologies, such as solar or wind. So far, photovoltaic solar seems to be leading the field in terms of impact: solar PV has created thousands of local jobs around the U.S. (the solar industry as a whole now employs more than 100,000 Americans, having grown more than 13.2 percent in 2012); can dramatically reduce energy costs for both residences and businesses; and runs the gamut from utility-scale to small residential. It’s extremely encouraging to see major corporations like Wal-Mart installing more solar than any other company in the U.S., and for purely pragmatic reasons (to save money on energy costs). That kind of adoption sends a message to Americans of all income levels and all political persuasions that solar is really an effective way to both behave in an environmentally responsible manner and save money.
Have a question for Alison? Feel free to leave one in the comments section below or contact her directly at @alisonmickey.