Carbon footprint reduction is not simply about improvements to the efficiency of a particular process, but may also involve changes in the material flow though the plant, fuel storage and distribution, product storage and distribution.
A carbon footprint is a detailed look at all aspects of the production of particular product or component. It is the evaluation of the total carbon consumed by all processes associated with a particular manufacturing operation. In the UK, the Carbon Trust has been set up by the UK government to require product labeling identifying the carbon footprint associated with a product. What we are able to do is to put an actual carbon footprint value on a product, by examining your production processes, distribution and disposal practices, in recognition of changing regulatory requirements.
There are a number of methods that can be applied to reduce the Carbon Footprint of a particular product:
We are able to apply biomass and organic waste to selected industrial processes. For example we used waste MDF board to fire a large wood fibre flash drier. We have used sander dust to generate electrical power and hot thermal fluid for pressed wood fiber projects. In locations where there is an incentive to use alternate energy sources, this can be an attractive option.
Knowing your operational carbon footprint is a vital tool in evaluating the environmental impact of your operations. The intention of this service is to determine the total carbon mass consumed by the production and use of a product, or the operation of a production process. For example; if an oil fired furnace consumes a ton of oil, how much additional oil did it cost to extract the oil, process it, store it, transport it, pump it to the burner and then consume this oil in the furnace? Was any oil used to clean up the waste gas in the furnace exhaust? How much oil is used to distribute the product and does it cost any oil to dispose of the product at the end of its useful life?
With this information we can ask some important questions, for example: Can oil consumption be removed from another process by the use of waste gas for preheating? Can the carbon footprint be reduced by simplifying the process? What % of oil is used for shipping and transportation? Can this be reduced by process or handling changes? Can the product be modified to reduce the mass of carbon required for recycling and disposal?