MHI Solutions

Sustainability

Energy Savings in the Supply Chain

MHI-Q0116_L_Final-12Companies looking to make their facilities— and the facilities of their supply chain partners—more energy efficient have a myriad of tools that can help them, via resources offered by the federal government and industry coalitions, not to mention vendor solutions.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings, Better Plants Program offers technical support to help companies that have voluntarily pledged to reduce their “energy intensity”—energy per unit of output—by 25 percent over a 10-year period. To date, roughly 150 industrial companies have made the pledge and collectively have saved about 320 trillion British thermal units and almost $1.7 billion in energy costs.

It’s a good start, as the industrial sector uses a great deal of energy— more than $200 billion per year, says Andre de Fontaine, who leads the program within the agency’s Advanced Manufacturing Office.

“If companies implement energy-efficient processes, they can not only reduce pollution from greenhouse gas emissions, they can also save money,” de Fontaine says. “They could then use that savings to reinvest in plants and new technologies and hire more employees.”

The agency also provides energy reduction incentives for firms within the partners’ supply chains, as up to 80 percent of energy consumption can reside “upstream” in the supply chain—from raw materials, transport and packaging to the energy consumed in manufacturing processes.

By Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Click here to read the full article.


This issue of MHI Solutions tackles the important topic of digital technologies in the supply chain industry, especially as it relates the transportation and logistics. Transportation plays a central role in supply chains, whether they are local or global enterprises. And just like the overall supply chain, transportation is facing a digital revolution including new solutions for tracking road, rail, sea and air freight and parcel transportation. These digital technologies are disrupting the industry, but they are also providing im-portant new solutions for transportation inefficiencies and urban logistics challenges. They are also creating new digital business models that enhance transparency and sustainability and contribute to end-to-end supply chain visibility. Like the innovations impacting supply chains, these trends are being driven by the growth of e-commerce and the consumers’ never-ending need for better, faster and cheaper. Ignoring them is done at your own peril.

Industry Headlines

MHIsolutionsmag.com-The word sustainability makes most people think about the environment and green [...]

Bookmark MHIsolutionsmag.com to gain quick access to any and all MHI media and news information. MHI [...]

Material Handling & Logistics-Each year, IDC Manufacturing Insights provides manufacturers and r [...]

Supply Chain Management Review-The largest companies in the U.S. collected cash from customers faste [...]

Visit NewsWire to see more industry headlines

Latest Tweets