As a leading construction and energy services company, EMCOR is positioned to address the environmental impact of not only its own facilities and operations, but those of client organizations as well.
In our own operations, our Safety & Quality Management Department provides education regarding environmental standards to all business managers, as well as training on the management, handling, and proper disposal of materials to EMCOR's more than 75 subsidiaries. We also have numerous programs in place to monitor the efficiency of our vehicle fleet, and in early 2011 we began collecting company-wide information on our greenhouse gas emissions.
For clients, EMCOR and its subsidiaries deploy a wide range of services and tools to contribute to the environmental sustainability of new and existing facilities. For example, building automation experts at EMCOR and its subsidiaries help clients identify ways to reduce energy use, many of which can be achieved through low-cost and no-cost tactics . We also assist clients in obtaining and maintaining LEED certification.
EMCOR touches and positively impacts the sustainability of thousands of facilities each year through innovative construction solutions such as:
Our work for British Airways is just one example of the impact of our multipronged approach. Since April 2007, EMCOR has been instrumental in helping British Airways reduce annual CO2 emissions by 9,230 tons, the equivalent of heating almost 3,000 UK homes each year.
EMCOR encourages recycling and energy conservation measures at all of its locations. Recycling includes office supplies and business waste. Conservation measures include upgrading water, lighting, and power systems, and investing in equipment to reduce energy use in our operations. The company also regularly shares information on environmental issues and energy conservation with employees via the EMCOR Guardian, a quarterly publication authored by EMCOR's Safety & Quality Management Department and distributed companywide.
We are currently assessing the company’s carbon footprint for the first time. A large portion of our carbon footprint is generated by our vehicle fleet. Other significant contributors include the energy used by our office locations and the consumable gases, such as acetylene and propane, used at our job sites. We have also identified several variables specific to our business—among them that our total greenhouse gas emissions vary directly based on the number and scope of projects undertaken in a given year, and that many of our employees work at job sites, rarely or never needing to go to an office.
Commercial buildings—which EMCOR builds, powers, services, and protects for over 75% of the Fortune 500—consume 40% of the world's energy and account for 30% of carbon emissions. In order to minimize the impact of these operations, EMCOR has developed sustainable construction and facilities services. As of 2010, more than 400 EMCOR employees had completed the US Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. Our work in this area has enabled some of the world's largest companies to obtain LEED certification for their facilities.
Among other recognition for its efforts in building sustainably, EMCOR has twice won the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s "Project of The Year" award, most recently for a landfill methane capture facility that supplies clean power to the University of New Hampshire and its local grid.
EMCOR Energy Services is one of only 19 organizations to be awarded a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) by the General Services Administration for providing comprehensive energy services to federal agencies. These services—from energy management and planning to commissioning and innovations in energy efficiency—will help make federal properties more energy efficient. And because the BPAs allow federal agencies to work with a single supplier, thereby reducing the administrative burden of contract management—and saving time and money—the agencies can undertake and complete money-saving building optimization and energy efficient projects sooner. More information about these services is available in our brochurette.
EMCOR leads the industry in the use of 3-D building information modeling (BIM) for facilities we run, which minimizes waste across the facilities’ lifecycle. Because BIM involves all stakeholders in the design process from day one and facilitates a more collaborative and efficient approach to systems and building design, construction, and operation, BIM can be used to anticipate the entire building lifecycle, including the processes of construction and facility operation. What's more, BIM enables us to more efficiently design electrical, mechanical, plumbing, fire-protection, and other critical systems to avoid waste and cost overruns by anticipating problems and addressing them in advance.
With more than 300 BIM designers who have worked on more than $5 billion of BIM-driven projects—the most published experts in any BIM design network—EMCOR's unrivaled BIM expertise has been widely recognized by leading industry publications, including Electrical Construction & Maintenance, ACHR News, Electrical Contractor Magazine, and Engineering News Record.
One of EMCOR’s priority is reducing the environmental impact of the company’s 6,000-vehicle fleet. Through a series of combined measures, we have reduced fleet gasoline consumption by more than 840,500 gallons per year—that’s equivalent to taking 1,500 of our service vehicles off the road—and prevented more than 8 million pounds of CO2 from entering the atmosphere.
Among the means that we use to maintain fleet efficiency are: GPS technology in more than half of our service vehicles—which allows us to monitor and reduce miles driven, regular vehicle maintenance, vehicle-mix modification and continual fleet updating to stay current on safety and performance features, and the removal of unnecessary cargo.
Additionally, EMCOR has deployed hybrid and electric vehicles in selected portions of the fleet as appropriate. For example, EMCOR UK has eight electronically powered vehicles which boast zero emissions. Currently, no vehicle manufacturer produces a hybrid service vehicle, limiting EMCOR's options for deploying hybrid vehicles at this time. When a vehicle manufacturer produces a hybrid service vehicle, EMCOR will re-examine the impact and feasibility of its inclusion within our fleet.