Lean & Energy Toolkit: Chapter 6
- Going Further with Clean Energy
- The Lean and Energy Journey
- Toolkit Navigation
Addressing the environmental impacts of energy use does not need to stop with Lean. Companies are increasingly taking additional steps to reduce and offset the environmental and climate impacts of their energy use. These steps can enhance employee and customer perceptions of a company’s environmental commitments and help reduce an organization’s greenhouse gas footprint. Here are a few ideas:
- Green Power: Many energy utilities provide the opportunity for customers to purchase a percentage of their electricity as “green power.” Utilities invest the proceeds from green power charges in the development of new renewable energy sources. See EPA’s Green Power Partnership website for more information on purchasing electricity from renewable energy sources.
- Carbon Offsets: Some organizations supplement their efforts to reduce energy use by offsetting some of their carbon emissions with the purchase of carbon offsets. While the development of markets for selling and verifying carbon offsets is in the early stages, a number of organizations have emerged to broker carbon-offset sales. Funds generated from the purchase of carbon offsets are invested in energy-efficiency projects, renewable-energy projects, or other efforts designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Visit Carbonfund.org to calculate your carbon footprint and purchase an offset to reduce your footprint.
This toolkit represents the beginning of an exciting journey. As customer and societal expectations around energy efficiency, environmental performance, climate protection, and sustainability continue to increase, Lean initiatives offer compelling opportunities to improve both economic performance and energy efficiency. EPA hopes that this toolkit spurs creative thinking and innovation within your organization and encourages you to explore these opportunities.
EPA hopes to learn from your Lean and energy experiences and to refine the techniques presented here in future versions of this toolkit. EPA wishes you success on your Lean and energy efficiency journey.
- Contents & Acknowledgements
- Executive Summary
- Chapter 1: Introduction
- Chapter 2: Integrating Lean, Energy Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas Management
- Chapter 3: Overview of Energy Use and Lean
- Chapter 4: Energy and Greenhouse Gas Assessment Strategies
- Chapter 5: Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Tools and Strategies
- Chapter 6: Conclusion
- Appendix A: Energy and Greenhouse Gas Management Service Providers, Resources and Tools
- Appendix B: Sector-Focused Energy Reduction and Greenhouse Gas Management Resources
- Appendix C: Energy Conversion Resources and Rules of Thumb for Estimating Energy Cost Savings