Sustainability is undoubtedly a growing concern. Research by CNN reveals that climate change could lead to dire consequences by 2050 if left unchecked. This makes eco-friendly practices a concern for all — and businesses are beginning to step up. From fashion retailers to construction companies, these businesses show that incorporating greener and more sustainable practices is doable for all, not just by entities that deal directly with sustainable living. The following is the list of the World’s Greenest Industries in 2019.
Power plants are large-scale operations that run on a lot of fuel, electricity, and other resources. The oil and gas industries in particular are under scrutiny, as many environmental groups and governments credit them with the rise in carbon emissions. Therefore, many plants are looking to switch to renewable energy sources. The transformers that these plants use to generate energy are thus being replaced in favor of wind turbines and solar panels, with some corporations even offering to recycle old power generators and similar equipment. This is what makes it one of the Greenest Industries in 2019.
Big Data has been a key player in aiding environmental conservation efforts across the globe. Companies and governments are consolidating their data sets to push for worldwide sustainability and promote research into greener practices ever further. Agriculture and water management systems have benefitted from Big Data advancing, as companies are now able to track resource management systems and supply chains. Data pooled from satellites and crowdsourcing also help to identify places where conservation efforts are most needed.
Transportation and logistics
Technology has done a lot when it comes to helping streamline the day-to-day work of those in the transportation and logistics industry, but it has also led to business operations becoming more environmentally friendly. A case study by Verizon Connect reports that companies have lessened their fuel wastage by using real-time vehicle tracking software that helps them keep an eye on their fleets. It’s no secret that car exhausts are major pollutants; so decreasing fuel wastage greatly benefits the environment. These advancements prove that sustainability efforts can actually boost company profits and decrease operation lag time, especially when you consider just how costly business operations can be.
The rise of new businesses and the expansion of existing ones have led to a higher demand for office spaces and, in turn, more skyscrapers. Building and maintaining office spaces result in a huge carbon footprint, which has led to growing awareness of and advocacy around greener buildings. Seattle’s Federal Center South Building 1202 is a prime example of a green building. Originally made as a warehouse, the structure has been outfitted with reused timber, while its water source comes from harvested rainwater and a natural drainage system.
With the fashion industry being one of the biggest pollutants today, more brands are taking it upon themselves to design products and set up manufacturing processes that put the environment first. Brands like Alternative Apparel and Style Saint have built themselves around ethical and sustainable practices, which involve things like using non-toxic dyes on their clothes and offering workers competitive wages. Big names such as H&M are also on board with this shift, creating sustainable clothing collections and placing textile recycling bins in their stores.
Manufacturing has the potential to create huge change once sustainable practices become the norm. As it stands, key firms have put practices in place that take steps towards sustainability. The push towards green jobs is a notable development: manufacturing companies are now looking to hire engineers and designers whose job is to make operations more efficient while also reducing waste. This development works in tandem with the industry’s emphasis on lean production, where the focus is on increasing efficiency by hiring just enough people and making just the right amount of products.
Article written by Grace Adams. Exclusively for greenubuntu.com
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