Reduce the Impact of Your Organisation’s Waste, Water and Transport Management

August 12, 2010 by  
Filed under Insights

Besides considering the direct energy usage by your business, you should also look at waste, water and transport management as these activities also contribute to carbon emissions. Find out how your business manages waste, water and transport in your daily operations, and take steps to reduce the impact of these activities.

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Waste Management

recycling-sign1Waste minimisation helps to conserve resources and reduce energy usage in the production, transportation, usage and disposal process. Visit the Zero Waste Singapore website to learn more about how you can Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Here are some tips:

The National Environment Agency (NEA) has published a Guidebook on Waste Minimisation for Industries to help companies reduce their waste and practise recycling. The guidebook contains information on how to conduct a waste audit, and also how to introduce a waste minimisation programme through tips and case studies.

Your organisation can also make use of the new 3R Fund by NEA to implement waste minimisation and recycling projects.

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Water Management

efficient-tapsEnergy is required for potable water and wastewater treatment and transport, so reducing the amount of water consumed and discharged will help to lower the energy needed.

Visit the following websites for tips to help your organisation conserve water and save money:

Your organisation can also make use of the Water Efficiency Fund by PUB to explore efficient ways to manage your water consumption.

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Transport Management

The organisation’s transport vehicles and the mode of commuting by employees contribute to carbon emissions. Here are some tips to help your organisation reduce transport emissions:

  • Encourage or incentivise your employees to take public transport or carpool to work
  • Arrange for company transport to ferry employees
  • Use more videoconferencing to replace the need for business trips overseas
  • Educate company drivers on good driving habits and maintenance of their vehicles
  • Plan your transport needs to consolidate delivery orders and reduce delivery frequency
  • Plan your driving journey to reduce driving time and distance
  • Use more fuel efficient vehicles and green vehicles such as CNG vehicles, or use cleaner fuel such as biodiesel

Reduce Your Water Consumption

May 8, 2009 by  
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Energy is required for potable water and wastewater treatment and transport, so reducing the amount of water consumed and discharged will help to lower the energy needed. Here are some tips to help you save water:

Use Water Saving Products with the Water Efficiency Label

welsUsing water efficient low-flow taps and showerheads will help you to save water. You can also install thimbles in existing taps or adjust the valves to reduce water flow.

You can use a low-capacity or dual-flush toilet that allows you to choose a low flush that uses less water. In addition, flushing the toilet uses up about four litres of water per flush, so flush one less time per day and help save water.

Buy a washing machine that is water efficient. A front loader is more efficient that a top loader. To save water, try to use the washing machine only with a full load. You can also collect the greywater (water that has been used for washing and drained from the washing machine; try using the water from the last rinse) from the washing machine for flushing toilets or watering plants.

Check out water efficient products with the Water Efficiency Label.

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Check the Water Pipes for Leaks

Conduct a visual check on the water pipes in your house and ensure that they are not leaking. Fix the water leaks immediately as water that is dripping away is money lost. Another way to check for water leaks is to monitor the water meter reading at night and compare it with next morning’s reading. There should be no leaks if there is no change in the water meter readings.

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Turn the Tap Off While Brushing Your Teeth

Turn the tap off while you brush your teeth and you could save up to 45 litres of water. Consider using a mug and you will only use about 0.5 litres of water.

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Take a Shorter Shower

Having a shorter shower saves water as showering makes up a significant part of our water usage. If you shower more than once a day, consider showering just once a day.

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Collect Rainwater

When it rains, you can bring out the pails or other storage containers for collecting rainwater. The rainwater collected can be used for flushing the toilets, watering the plants and even for washing your car. There is no need to use clean drinking water for those purposes. By using rainwater, it would help you save water and money.

If you stay in a flat and do not have space outside your corridor to collect rainwater, you can consider making a simple rainwater collection system. Tie some funnels to a bamboo pole and connect the outlet of each funnel to a plastic hose that leads to your pail. When it rains, put out your bamboo pole and close your windows (leaving a slight opening for the hose). The funnels collect the rainwater and channel it through the hose to the pail. Explore other possible ways to collect rainwater. Be creative and have fun.

Image credit: Water Efficiency Label via PUB.

Reduce the Impact of Your Organisation’s Waste, Water and Transport Management

May 8, 2009 by  
Filed under Insights

Besides considering the direct energy usage by your business, you should also look at waste, water and transport management as these activities also contribute to carbon emissions. Find out how your business manages waste, water and transport in your daily operations, and take steps to reduce the impact of these activities.

.

Waste Management

recycling-sign1Waste minimisation helps to conserve resources and reduce energy usage in the production, transportation, usage and disposal process. Visit the Zero Waste Singapore website to learn more about how you can Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Here are some tips:

The National Environment Agency (NEA) has published a Guidebook on Waste Minimisation for Industries to help companies reduce their waste and practise recycling. The guidebook contains information on how to conduct a waste audit, and also how to introduce a waste minimisation programme through tips and case studies.

Your organisation can also make use of the new 3R Fund by NEA to implement waste minimisation and recycling projects.

.

Water Management

efficient-tapsEnergy is required for potable water and wastewater treatment and transport, so reducing the amount of water consumed and discharged will help to lower the energy needed.

Visit the following websites for tips to help your organisation conserve water and save money:

Your organisation can also make use of the Water Efficiency Fund by PUB to explore efficient ways to manage your water consumption.

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Transport Management

The organisation’s transport vehicles and the mode of commuting by employees contribute to carbon emissions. Here are some tips to help your organisation reduce transport emissions:

  • Encourage or incentivise your employees to take public transport or carpool to work
  • Arrange for company transport to ferry employees
  • Use more videoconferencing to replace the need for business trips overseas
  • Educate company drivers on good driving habits and maintenance of their vehicles
  • Plan your transport needs to consolidate delivery orders and reduce delivery frequency
  • Plan your driving journey to reduce driving time and distance
  • Use more fuel efficient vehicles and green vehicles such as CNG vehicles, or use cleaner fuel such as biodiesel