Combined Heat and Power (CHP) is growing in popularity, attracting energy incentives because of its many benefits. But isn't it complicated? Is it not risky to generate your own power? Electricity generation and the efficiency of close-coupled heat recovery is available today as a manufactured product that works. You can keep your food cold AND generate power onsite. Both are appliances.
Staying in touch is easier and more difficult at the same time with the advent of social media. Just like with the integration of considerations that that comprise the overall concept of sustainability, it is the interaction of the various communication alternatives that provide the best solution. This complexity makes it challenging and interesting.
Fossil fuel usage and GHG emissions are reduced through the efficiency of recovering heat while producing electricity. CHP reduces power line losses, improving grid resiliency and peak power demand management. Benefits include a recognition of resiliency by reducing suspended business downtime (Superstorm Sandy - $20B cost). CHP is worth a second look when embracing sustainability.
No action is an action, and so many sustainability oriented projects never start. Time to change that? There are always hurdles to jump when the economics need to tie in the softer costs. We should pool our resources to remove obstacles, turn neutral considerations into positives and provide incentives to make sustainability projects happen.
The triple bottom line intends to advance the goal of sustainability in business practices. It is argued that companies should prepare three bottom lines – the triple bottom line – instead of focusing solely on its finances, thereby giving consideration to the company's social, economic and environmental impact. Comparisons of the three are difficult to make as only profit is measured in defined units of cash.
About 10 years ago I stopped letting the water run when I brush my teeth, so I guess that means that I saved 80 gallons of water. What are our personal and business thresholds to begin to reduce, reuse and recycle? How does the reduction in use or increase in efficiency make a process truly sustainable? Maybe sustainability is simply a study of source of supply and consumption.
Last Sunday was Father's Day and I recall one of my Dad's favorite sayings: " Do the best you can". Yesterday I got the urge to clean out my office closest and came across an old cap of my Dad's. Inside were his initials and 3 hand printed words "Use Your Head". We can make a lot of progress toward achieving a sustainable future if we all do our best and use our heads. Thanks Dad!
Carbon tax (carbon dioxide or CO2 tax) is a tax on the carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of fossil fuels. It creates an economic incentive to reduce carbon emissions through conservation and innovation. A carbon tax thereby contributes to an overall reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Sustainability can be maintained through appropriate use of carbon tax funds.
Defining what is enough for oneself and family is difficult enough without trying to figure it out for society. At the core of coming up with a universal definition is understanding how we get to enough as sustainable rapidly replenishable sources of supply actually offer abundance to us all. Examples abound: Waste to Resource, Energy Efficiency, Sustainability and more. Society's success is personal.
As we trend from compliance driven decision making toward sustainability oriented decisions that reduce environmental impact, should we also change our objectives? Perhaps what is currently referred to as BACT (Best Available Control Technology) should be more appropriately named BAPT (Best Available Process Technology)?