How Critical is Sustainability?
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We have all seen the increasingly popular dystopian universe movies that show humans years in the future suffering from lack of resources due to their ancestors’ wastefulness. Does it seem far fetched? According to the United Nations’ report on Sustainable Development, if we continue at our current consumption rate, people will be hungry,thirsty and in poverty. The economy will suffer from constant price shocks due to our fossil-fueled world. The environment will suffer from continued deterioration of urban air quality, fewer forests, downtown in ocean fisheries, increased global warming, loss of biodiversity and other resource-related crises.
“…the following 2050 picture is an optimistic view of the consequences of continuing as in the past: a more crowded world with persistent poverty and hunger; one billion people still lacking access to basic services; billions excluded from otherwise improved global health; an energy‐hungry, fossil‐fuelled world; a “thirsty” world with two‐thirds of the world population under water stress; a global economy repeatedly wracked by price shocks and supply disruptions; fewer deaths from indoor air pollution but further deterioration of urban air quality; fewer forests; global collapse of ocean fisheries; accelerated increase in GHG emissions and global warming; continued loss of biodiversity; massive human interference with the phosphorus and nitrogen cycles well beyond safe thresholds; and a resurgence of resource‐related conflicts…” (Page 8 of the United Nations’ report on Sustainable Development)
We have a responsibility to future generations to curb our consumption through sustainability. Sustainability is defined as meeting the needs of the present generation without damaging the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
Sustainability is not an overnight process and requires a long-term commitment but there are ways that you can do your part in an economical manner. One of the steps toward sustainability is energy efficiency. Energy efficiency is defined as practicing restraint in the growth of energy consumption. You can be energy efficient by using products that deliver more value for the same energy output or the same value for less energy output.
Energy efficiency has many benefits that make financial and environmental sense.
- Controls rising energy costs
- Reduces carbon footprint and impact on the environment
- Improves comfort of customers and employees
- Increases value of buildings
- Improves the longevity of equipment
- Improves competitiveness in the marketplace
Since EES Consulting was founded in 2010, we have reduced CO2 emissions by 6,906 metric tons, the equivalent of planting over 2.5 million trees. Energy efficiency and sustainability is not only affordable for large corporations but also for small and mid-sized businesses. At EES, we focus on helping small to mid-sized businesses reduce their energy consumption, water consumption and waste management expense. A goal that directly correlates to reducing environmental impact, all with a four-year payback or better.
How can EES Consulting help your company be more sustainable through energy efficiency?