Moving Toward Sustainable Manufacturing Through Efficient Materials & Energy UseEPA Grant Number: X3832203
Title: Moving Toward Sustainable Manufacturing Through Efficient Materials & Energy Use
Investigators: Goldberg, Terri , Reibstein, Rick , Richard, Paul
Institution: New England Waste Management Officials Association
EPA Project Officer: Bauer, Diana
Project Period: October 1, 2006 through March 31, 2007
Project Amount: $278,000
RFA: Collaborative Science & Technology Network for Sustainability (2004) RFA Text | Recipients Lists
Research Category: Sustainability , Pollution Prevention/Sustainable Development
For over 15 years since the passage of the Pollution Prevention Act, manufacturers and government agencies have consistently faced the challenge of poor information systems for evaluating pollution prevention (P2) opportunities. Successful pollution prevention is based on an entity’s ability to understand and improve its choice and use of materials and the associated financial impacts. This proposed project would build upon the current scientific and engineering applications of environmental management accounting as a critical aspect of sustainable production and P2. Short term success would be the development and dissemination of and widespread training on an effective and easy-to-use materials use and profitability software tool. The long term success would be the widespread and routine adoption and utilization of the tool and associated improvements in efficiency and reductions in emissions and wastes among the users of the tool.
The project lead, the Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association (NEWMOA), is a regional interstate association of state environmental agencies that has extensive contacts within EPA Regions 1 and 2 and nationally through the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx) to assist with efficient dissemination of the proposed tool. NEWMOA will cooperate with the Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance for Toxics Use Reduction to manage the project and pilot test the tool. Both of these entities have close relationships with many key regional and national groups all over the US and would work closely with those organizations to transfer the tool and the lessons learned from the project. The primary beneficiaries of this project would be those companies and organizations that implement the materials use and profitability tool to aid them in setting P2 priorities, identifying value-added opportunities for sustainable production, and implementing other materials and energy efficiency improvements. The state and local environmental and technical assistance programs and private sector consultants would also be key beneficiaries because having the proposed tool would improve their effectiveness in helping companies identify P2 opportunities and in quantifying the benefits and costs of prevention programs and strategies for key policy makers. A key beneficiary would be the public that benefits from the pollution that is prevented through the use of the tool, including wastes and emissions that are reduced during manufacturing, transportation, and raw materials production.