April 24, 2019 | 2 minute read
This week marks the annual recognition of Earth Day. First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day now includes events in more than 180 countries, and is day dedicated to promote civic engagement and awareness on critical environmental issues and initiatives.
As public discourse around this topic only continues to grow, companies are under increased pressure to follow stringent environmental regulations—especially when it comes to energy production.
And let’s face it, energy production is getting harder. According to the IEA’s New Policies Scenario, energy demand is expected to grow 37 percent by 2040—a staggering statistic for the world’s energy production companies.
In addition, a 2018 study published in the journal Science found that 13 million metric tons of methane escape from U.S. oil and gas operations each year, nearly 60 percent more than currently estimated by the Environmental Protection Agency.
So, what is John Crane doing to help reduce methane emissions?
At John Crane, we're committed to using energy and natural resources efficiently and reducing our greenhouse gas emissions. Whether it’s our Aura 120NS dry gas seal that reduces methane emissions by up to 95 percent, our T4111 single-use elastomer bellows cartridge seal that helps reduce energy consumption, or our water/wastewater and filtration services that improve equipment performance while conserving both water and energy, we are committed to doing our part to help our planet stay green. We’re also proud to be a part of Smiths, who was recently awarded an A- rating by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) for Climate Change.
The Disclosure Project runs the global disclosure system that enables companies, cities, states and regions to measure and manage their environmental impacts. The A- rating was awarded due to the transparent reporting, meeting of aggressive emission reduction targets and the global approach of Smiths.
Smiths also bolsters conservation efforts by monitoring energy and water usage, waste generation and greenhouse gas emissions across all its sites—recording year-on-year improvements. Since 2007, Smiths has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by over 50 percent, as well as reduced water consumption by over 40 percent.