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Al Gore's book "An Inconvenient Truth" awakened us to how our life styles and our business practices are impacting our world; accelerating pace of melting polar ice caps, rising seas, toxic chemicals in our water & food supplies, climate changes (floods & droughts), limited access to resources. We are now requiring a personal and professional environmental accountability for our actions. The process of manufacturing, distribution, and disposal of or recycling of products is going green, but green jobs are not necessarily safe jobs. These changes provide opportunities for the safety professional in the areas of: the health and safety, product safety, and environmental protection.
Corporate sustainability is a business management strategy in which organizations measure their business success on economic, environmental, and social performance indicators. Today this triple bottom line has been embraced by many world-class companies. US based and international organizations are finding that the path to world-class status involves sustainability. Environmental, health and safety (EHS) professionals should recognize the principles that our corporate leaders expect. In some organizations, the leadership of sustainability efforts has been placed with EHS management.
Abstract The release of greenhouse gases from the generation and use of energy has been implicated in causing the negative effects of climate change on the planet. As a large, global corporation that uses substantial energy for its operations in the form of electricity, natural gas, propane, off-road diesel and fuel for transportation, Baker Hughes has committed to reduce our energy usage. This paper details the efforts made by the enterprise to reduce the use of these resources, and to measure the success of our initiatives using a globally-accessible database called "GreenLink". Energy reduction initiatives include the enterprise-wide communication of our reduction goal, the use of energy audits to identify reduction opportunities, and the development and implementation of green building standards applied to new and existing facilities. Our Information Technology (IT) group has also made significant reductions in energy use throughout our facilities and in our data centers by the introduction of energy efficient equipment and energy-saving management practices. In addition to the environmental benefits, energy conservation has an economic benefit, contributing to a healthy bottom line by reducing operating costs. In 2010, the overall energy cost savings for Baker Hughes, when normalized to revenue, was about $3 million for the facilities reporting in GreenLink. In addition to this cost saving, Baker Hughes has achieved a number of accolades for our energy reduction programs. In 2010, Baker Hughes led in the Energy sector of the Maplecroft Climate Innovation Index investor rankings. Also, in 2011, Baker Hughes was the highest-ranked oilfield service company in the Energy sector of the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) which evaluates U.S. companies listed on the S&P 500 on their actions taken to reduce global emissions.