Meeting Your Sustainability and Savings Goals in MRO

By: CovestAdmin
February 22, 2024

Are you struggling to balance cost savings and sustainability goals when managing your MRO categories? MRO is broad and far-reaching, often resulting in a greater focus on efficiency and avoiding downtime than sustainability

However, MRO solutions have advanced significantly, and an experienced industrial supplier can assist procurement professionals in aligning sustainability goals, supply levels, and cost savings. In this blog, we will discuss our Supplier partner, Grainger, and draw from insights shared at the 2024 Grainger Show Session, “Need Help Meeting Your Sustainability Goals While Saving Costs?”

Using the lens of ESG’s four pillars of sustainability, MRO can be bucketed into four key focus areas for managing sustainable efforts more effectively:

  1. Energy Management
  2. Waste Management
  3. Air Quality Management
  4. Water Management

Energy management can be far-encompassing in MRO. Here are four sustainable solutions to consider when managing energy more effectively.

A Bright Idea – Energy Saving Lighting

As industrial facilities age, lighting is an area of opportunity that not only drives long-term cost savings by switching to LEDs but also creates more energy efficiency and lowers safety incidences. Whether your organization wants to do a major overhaul with a lighting retrofit or make the switch to LED light bulbs and lamps, there are a variety of energy-saving resources in facility lighting. 


How Saving Energy Helps Save the Environment


Another energy saver to consider is installing lighting controls throughout the facility. Lighting controls can detect motion and reduce energy costs when a space is not in use. MarketAndMarkets states that, “Although LED light sources are energy efficient, over 30% of lighting energy consumption would be wasted if the appropriate controls are not used.” 

Simple Retrofit Solutions with Spectacular Savings

Recycle Right – Waste Management

There are countless ways that waste can be managed and reduced in an industrial environment. One avenue to consider is a PPE recycling program. CoVest’s OEM partner, Kimberly-Clark Professional, offers The RightCycle™ Program available through Grainger. This innovative program enables your customers to collect previously hard-to-recycle items, such as Kimberly-Clark Professional apparel items, safety eyewear, and nitrile gloves, and have them turned into new consumer goods like flowerpots, patio furniture, and plastic shelving. It is the first manufacturer-led recycling program for non-hazardous PPE, and it enables customers to get one step closer to achieving their zero landfill initiatives and corporate sustainability goals. Click here for more details.

For a more comprehensive look at managing your facility’s waste more effectively, consider a waste management assessment to evaluate your supply chain, consolidate waste streams, and decrease landfill waste. 


Breathe Easier – Air Quality Management

There is a significant focus on companies reducing air pollution to protect the environment. Facilities Managers can play a part in reducing air pollution too by using products that enhance, monitor, and protect workers within the facility and on the job. Preventative maintenance of HVAC systems, installing air purification systems, and filter changeouts can make a sizable impact on air quality within a facility.

In some manufacturing industries, such as chemical production or oil & gas, safe air quality is integral for your workforce. Honeywell Air Purifying Respirators provide the comfort, design, and fit for PPE that fully protects workers from potential airborne hazards. These full-face reusable respirators are NIOSH-rated and cover the entire face to provide breathable air and protect eyes from irritation caused by gases, vapors, and airborne particles. There are a variety of respirators to consider in your manufacturing facility and having the proper PPE for workers is critical to manage air quality.


Types of Respiratory Protection Equipment 


Low Flow – Water Management

Conserving water both within and outside your facility is another strategy to achieve your sustainability goals. Consider the flow; a full water audit is a good starting point to identify issues such as plumbing, leakage, or outdated equipment. While some water conservation efforts require an entire paradigm shift, one easier way to utilize less water throughout a facility is by installing low-flow toilets and motion-activated faucets throughout restrooms. This can significantly cut back on water usage and costs, as well as reduce the spread of germs and maintain a cleaner facility.


Tips for Conserving Water at Your Facility 


While working towards more sustainable goals in MRO can be challenging, focusing on energy, waste, air, and water management allows a clear path to prioritize efforts and implement impactful, long-lasting, and cost-saving tactics for a greener future.

Contact the Member Engagement Team at CoVest to learn more about our partnership with Grainger and sustainable MRO strategies.

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