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Approaching the Global Climate Crisis

by Anthony Dilenno

You’ve seen the daily headlines on the climate change crisis and its consequences…

How climate change primed California’s power shutdown (National Geographic); Climate change threatening two-thirds of species in U.S. with extinction, report says (USA Today) …and on and on they continue…

According to the Wall Street Journal, a U.N. panel reviewed thousands of research studies that all came to the same conclusions: Oceans are warming, and ice sheets are shrinking due to greenhouse gas emissions trapping heat. The report, signed by 195 countries, urges these nations to act and meet the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement goals. These consequences threaten coastal communities around the globe, with rising sea levels and the potential for more severe weather. Carbon dioxide is also being absorbed by the oceans causing acidification and threatening global fisheries. Additionally, heat waves are taking place on scales not seen in recent history. These examples just scratch the surface.

As I read these articles, one of the first things I think of as a company in the environmental field is how do we lend our voice. We are in an industry that diverts materials from landfills. And while commercial commodity markets are depressed and under financial pressure, we still have an environmental responsibility.

No matter the industry you’re in or whether its regional or global, there are opportunities to lower the pollution and waste its supply chain produces. RWS has helped many companies become leaders in sustainability. For example, we worked with UPS on diverting 165 million lbs. of palettes before they reached landfills, where decaying waste causes CO2 emissions. This effort also resulted in waste collection being reduced from five to two times per week, lowering carbon output from trucks.

On the foodservice side, there are ample strategies for companies along the supply chain to become a leader in stopping global warming. RWS partnered with a major fast food restaurant chain to dispose of excess frozen orange juice, but not in landfills. RWS arranged for the excess juice to be sent to anaerobic digesters, where waste is converted to energy. This also saved the restaurant operator more than 62,000 gallons of gasoline – one of the main sources of greenhouse gasses causing the earth to heat up.

At RWS, we know it is important to get on the right side of history and contribute to a better, cleaner future. Working with us as your full-service facilities provider is a great method to start the process. We offer data-driven reporting on how we are maximizing waste streams and reducing trucks on the road to reduce emissions in the atmosphere. We can audit the kind of waste and emissions your organization is producing each day. With that data in hand, we have the intel needed to set new and exciting goals to lower your facility’s environmental impact.

Picture your organization becoming part of the solution to these global climate issues – you’ll not only feel the satisfaction of having a positive impact on the welfare of people and wildlife, you’ll be able to tout all the good actions your business has taken and reduce operating costs in the process.