ESG & IoT Create Smarter Businesses

The rapid growth in capabilities of new technologies such as AR/VR, drones, robotics and the internet of things is accelerating the pursuance and performance of ESG.

There’s no doubt about it; businesses are becoming smarter. They are ramping up their environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategies to score a win-win. They are increasing business profitability while boosting sustainability performance, building a strong social contract and embracing more progressive governance.

In a recent blog post we examined some global trends that are driving companies to focus on ESG, but we didn’t discuss the tools, techniques and technology that are helping to make it happen. This blog will discuss some of those tools and technology.

Over the next decade, technology will make it easier for companies to reduce their energy needs and carbon footprint. Renewable energy generation is skyrocketing, companies are investing in smart buildings and factories to reduce energy consumption … Read more...

Earth Day 2021: Intelexians Making a Difference

At Intelex Technologies ULC, our employees believe they can make a difference. Here are some ways Intelexians are “Restoring our Earth.” 
 
Ian Dransutavicius Associate Project Manager, and Georgia Dransutavicius, Product Solution Consultant  
“Earth Day is important to our family because it reminds us that we are borrowing this planet from our children and all future generations. It is a chance for us to reflect on how we can make sustainable choices that benefit the earth in our everyday lives. We also celebrate the day as an opportunity to reconnect with nature and teach ourselves and family members how to be stewards of this planet. On Earth Day, we like to get outside for a hike, make a plant-based meal and look for ideas on how to live a more sustainable lifestyle.”
 
Saida Zenagui, Senior Consultant 
“Earth Day for me is about understanding how our choices can make an impact on Read more...

A Q&A about the Changing Role of Technology in Environmental and ESG Management

Expert Connect Q&A

As the notion of being a “good corporate citizen” becomes an imperative in the eyes of stakeholders such as investors, governments and employees, Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) management is becoming top of mind for many. Learn the role that technology can play in managing ESG goals.

Expert Connect is a virtual event series that brings together EHSQ professionals, technology experts and thought leaders to discuss hot topics – all while having the audience steer the conversation by participating in live polling. On Wednesday, March 3, at 10 am EST, join Trevor Bronson, Senior Product Marketing Manager, EHS, at Intelex Technologies, ULC, for “The Changing Role of Technology in Environmental and ESG Management.”

This session is designed to examine emerging technologies making an impact on everything from old-school environmental compliance to modern-day ESG reporting, their long-term viability, and how you might be able to use them in impactful … Read more...

ESGs, Sustainable Development and What the Pandemic of 2020 Revealed

ESGs and Sustainable Development

Covid 19 and its global impact has focused attention both on the strains imposed on our health systems and the ability of those systems to respond to the challenges presented by the virus and the interconnecting of people and travel that have acted as vectors in the spread of the disease. The pandemic also served to emphasise the vulnerability of people and societies, and to shed light on the relationship between people and the planet.

Our world, and the diversity of ecosystems it supports, is threatened by deforestation, pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, draining of wetlands, climate change, globalization and other factors of modern life. As noted by World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in an address to the 73rd World Health Assembly on May 18, 2020: “The pandemic is a reminder of the intimate and delicate relationship between people and planet. Any efforts to make our world safer … Read more...

Sustainability, Transparency and Operational Excellence – 360 Degree View of Your EHSQ Performance

Managing environmental impacts can be challenging for EHSQ professionals.

Regulatory compliance drives the need to track your environmental data. Public opinion is a vital part of sustainability and business continuity in today’s hyper-connected world, and no company wants to make headlines for a spill or release or for poisoning employees or the ecosystem. 

Compliance can seem daunting and having a software system alone is not enough. You must have the flexibility to collect and manage the data and information that matters most to your organization. Only then will you have transparency into your company’s environmental and sustainability performance. 

In this webinar, speakers Rob Polito and Jason Beebe will walk you through what you could get out of an environmental management information system (EMIS). They will explain why planning for the future is paramount to ensuring your success.  

Sustainability, Transparency and Operational Excellence – 360 Degree View of Your EHSQ Performance provides a deep dive into the tools available to help you achieve the following: 

  • Simplify data collection 
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Leveraging ISO 45001:2018 to Build a Strong Foundation to a Sustainability Framework

For over two decades, achieving sustainable practices has been top of mind for decision makers in many industries and the oil and gas industry is no exception. In fact, it appears that the need to meet this objective has become more critical because of volatility in the industry, a disrupted supply chain due to COVID-19 and falling prices. That’s not to say that it is not achievable – it just requires a strong framework, followed by thorough execution.

In the Insight Report, “Leveraging ISO 45001:2018 to Build a Strong Foundation to a Sustainability Framework,” author Chris Ward quotes Sun-Tzu, a Chinese military strategist, who shrewdly observed that “In the midst of chaos, there is opportunity.”

“This has never been so true; the way forward for the oil and gas industry is to provide sustainability through applied technology in an efficient and reliable way,” writes Ward, an ex-UK regulator … Read more...

The Top 5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day’s Half-Century from Home

Celebrate Earth Day at home by doing these five activities.

During this difficult time, we’ve all had to adapt to our new normal in our own way. If there were any silver lining to come from this, it would be that with people staying at home and fewer cars on the road, things have never been better for climate change. But we still have a long way to go.

Although there won’t be any group activities this year for Earth Day like cleaning your local park, there are still some activities you can do from home to keep you busy during this time of isolation and give back to the environment.

Check out our Top 5 list for #Earthdayfromhome below:

Bring the great outdoors indoors with air purifying plants. Studies have shown that plants not only will improve air quality, but they can boost your mood, reduce stress, and fight … Read more...

Earth Day Turns 50 and Goes Digital

It turns out you can teach a 50-year-old Earth Day new tricks.

Amid the recent coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic, Earth Day Network, the global organizer of Earth Day, is marking the 50th anniversary of Earth Day with the first Digital Earth Day, a global digital mobilization on April 22 to address the most urgent threats to people and the planet. 

“At Earth Day Network, the health and safety of volunteers and participants in Earth Day events is our top concern. Amid the recent outbreak, we encourage people to rise up but to do so safely and responsibly — in many cases, that means using our voices to drive action online rather than in person,” said Kathleen Rogers, president of Earth Day Network.

 “Whether it be coronavirus or our global climate crisis, we cannot shut down,” said Rogers. “Instead, we must shift our energies and efforts to new ways to mobilize … Read more...

Digital Twins Accelerate Sustainability

Does your organization care about sustainability? If so, leveraging digital twin technology can help you surge ahead to meet your future goals.
A digital twin is a software-based replica of a physical asset. Although the concept is now associated with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), the earliest digital twins were designed to make product lifecycle management easier. Instead of investing time and effort into the laborious process of building and evaluating new product features, you can explore the impacts of product features, characteristics, and material selection virtually. (Tao et al., 2018)

These new digital capabilities can have huge impacts on sustainability. Exploring new aspects of products without building prototypes directly reduces material waste, and it’s faster, easier and cheaper to test out more options in software as well. For example, modern Computer Aided Design (CAD) software provides what-if analysis that lets you determine full lifecycle costs, from creation to … Read more...

Uncovering Business Value from Environmental, Social and Governance Factors

Organizations strive to achieve operational excellence, but many don’t realize that sustainability management systems can help them achieve their operational and quality goals. 

Companies that are standouts in their industries are at the forefront of quality and sustainability efforts, creating an alliance between technology, innovation and operational excellence. 

Aaron Morales is an Account Director at Trucost, part of S&P Global. He is responsible for helping companies understand their sustainability, ESG challenges and impacts and identifying solutions to support business decisions.  

“More than ever, companies are measuring and disclosing their performance around environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. By doing this, companies can reduce financial risks and uncover business opportunities,” said Morales. “Moreover, he added, “record amounts of capital are flowing towards companies who do good.” 

Morales, who holds a BS in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Environmental Systems from Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM), an MS in … Read more...