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production (especially nonrenewable
sources) and other actions.
Fortunately, several participants in
the geosynthetics industry have and are
continuing to address these needs and
offering examples of the leadership and
actions necessary to address changes
in our behaviors. I presented a webinar
in January 2021 that reviewed some of
these programs (Australasian Chapter
of the International Geosynthetics
Society 2021), and I highlight a few
of them here.
In an effort to reduce energy consumption,
Solmax commissioned
C-nergie Inc. of Terrebonne, Que.,
Canada, a company specializing in
energy efficiency, to conduct an energy
audit that resulted in the implementation
of a heating system optimization
and centralized control project
at Solmax's manufacturing facility in
Varennes, Que., Canada. The project
involved recovering the waste
energy produced and vented outside
by extruders, machines often used to
manufacture geomembranes, to significantly
reduce natural gas consumption
for additional heating and, thus,
reducing the greenhouse gas emissions
associated with operating the manufacturing
facility. Since installation,
the project has realized a 90 percent
decrease in natural gas costs and has
reduced the manufacturing facility's
natural gas consumption by 1,115,000
kwh (4,014 GJ) each year. More significantly,
the project has resulted in
an annual reduction of 200 tons (181
tonnes) of greenhouse gas emissions.
Also of interest were several
statements made by Jean-Louis
Vangeluwe, CEO of Solmax, on the
views of his company regarding
sustainability. During the January 2021
webinar, Vangeluwe commented, " The
higher responsibility, the higher focus
should be on the environment and . . .
TOP: This geotextile, used in
transportation/roadways, is
manufactured from recycled
polyester (PET) bottles.
LEFT: Production of a
geosynthetic drain system made
from recycled materials. Photos:
Geofabrics Australasia Pty. Ltd.
climate change, greenhouse effect
and carbon emissions. "
So far as the financial motivations
for this, Vangeluwe said, " To investors,
sustainability metrics are as important
as financial metrics. "
Another industry leader in
sustainability is TRI/Environmental
Inc., which has implemented
a program focused on water
conservation. The TRI program was
conceived to minimize water use as
well as to capture the " used " or gray
water for recycling and secondary
uses. Water is now recirculated when
possible and when not, reused for
irrigation. This program has been
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