“Going green” has been a phrase used since the late 80s, as mentioned in the renowned Brundtland Report. Global Warming has been around, for what seems forever. These terms are becoming more prevalent in today’s life. As resources are stretched thin, and the world reaches a critical turning point. The EIA (U.S. Energy information Administration) defines Renewable Energy as energy from sources that are naturally replenishing but flow-limited; renewable resources are virtually inexhaustible in duration but limited in the amount of energy that is available per unit of time. Renewable energy can be in the form of; Solar Energy which is provided by the Sun. Geothermal energy which is provided by the heat inside earth. Wind Energy, which is provided by the wind of course. Biomass, which is the energy provide to us by plants. And Hydropower, which is the energy generated by flowing water. All these forms of energy are more environmentally safe and green. Making manufacturing and sustainability of life with these greener energies, a must!
U.S. and many countries around the world have joined the race to be green and decreasing their carbon footprint. Manufacturing has not overlooked this opportunity either! As they get closer to Net Zero emissions, companies look to capitalize on the opportunity to be greener. The Effects of past manufacturing impacted earth tremendously. Depleting our fossil fuels and trapping Greenhouse gases, are causing higher levels of Heat to be recorded; With last year recording record high heat waves and temperatures in recent years, violent storms raging across nations. These effects are not going unnoticed by all of us. Otherwise known as Global Warming, the entrapment of greenhouse gases is causing higher levels of earth temperatures. Companies are beginning to make necessary changes to their processes and materials used. In an attempt to head off the impact felt by our planet over years past.
According to Lloyd Alter of Treehugger, LEDs use a lot less energy per lumen produced; according to IHS Market, a consultancy, LED lighting uses an average of 40 percent less power than fluorescents, and 80 percent less than incandescent, to produce the same amount of light. They determined that "the use of LEDs to illuminate buildings and outdoor spaces reduced the total carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of lighting by an estimated 570 million tons in 2017. This reduction is roughly equivalent to shutting down 162 coal-fired power plants."
In closing, we must all do our part; No matter how Minute it may seem. The EPA states that while 75% of our waste is recyclable, we only recycle about 30%. We see a lot of manufactures implementing recycling programs. Other companies are decreasing their footprint in other ways. But the goal has been to convert energy consumption. By converting from Fossil Fuel usage to green energy consumption. With the use of Solar energy increasing corporately approximately 10% since 2018, we see a stronger adoption trend heading into 2023 and future years. Manufacturing must be greener for the world to Survive. Flex-tec uses its suppliers and energy providers to do so. The use of Recycle programs for unused materials, Energy consumption studies and projects, are just a few ways that Flex-tec is taking the needed steps to produce environmentally friendly and safe parts! By Using LED technology, we are also decreasing our energy consumption through lighting. Purchasing machines that sleep when not used, we decrease our electrical usage.