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  1. 1. From Waste to Resource Management Opportunity Green, UCLA – November 9, 2008 Prepared by: Paul Ligon, [email_address]
  2. 2. Perspectives <ul><li>Pessimist: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Waste is a problem to be managed… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Design flaw </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Indication of inefficiency </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Entropy </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Optimist: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>There are no waste streams, only wasted resources… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Materials </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Energy </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Food </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. What is “Resource Management”? <ul><li>An alternative to waste management that focuses on resource efficiency though: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Design/process improvements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technological innovations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Behavior and consumption patterns </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Holistic “systems” management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Aligned incentives </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Industrial, retail, and consumer applications </li></ul>
  4. 4. Resource Management: Upstream Industrial Applications
  5. 5. Resource Management – Upstream Perspectives <ul><li>Zero waste achieved at zero additional cost with zero additional environmental impact </li></ul><ul><li>Zero waste equates to finding the highest value use for process residuals and byproducts. </li></ul><ul><li>Lifecycle analysis and full cost accounting used to assess impact of options for residuals, byproducts and waste materials. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Upstream Resource Management Value Drivers
  7. 7. Resource Management at an Aluminum Company <ul><li>Increased Recycling Rates </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Yr 1 Yr 3 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>East Plant 2.0% - 76% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>West Plant 0.3% - 86% </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Cost Savings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Year 1 Savings = $566,180.17 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Year 2 Savings = $540,374.41 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Year 3 Savings = $324,428.26 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Total Savings = $1,430,982.84 </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Resource Management at an Automotive Company <ul><li>Resource Management programs at 20 customer locations in North America, including: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>7 Assembly Plants, 6 Powertrain Plants, 2 Stamping Plants, 1 Casting Plant, 1 Machining Plant, 1 R & D Facility, 2 Parts Distribution Center </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Total annual cost savings in Year 3 of the Program = $2,155,969 </li></ul>
  9. 9. Aligned Incentives Drive Resource Management Success Conventional Agreement: Conflicting Incentives Supplier Service: Disposal Fee Driver: Volume Wants service increase Generator Wants service decrease Resource Management: Aligned Incentives Wants service increase Wants service increase Supplier Generator Service: Resource Efficiency Fee Driver: Value Based on: Ligon and Votta, Tellus Institute. From Waste to Resource Management , 2003.
  10. 10. Resource Management: Retail and Consumer Applications
  11. 11. Closing the Retail Green Gap “ America is experiencing an environmental awakening. However, a 'green gap' still exists between consumer awareness and action. Americans want to do the right thing, but lack of information, cost and questions around the true impact of current green products are contributing to their reluctance.” * * Kathy Sheehan, senior vice president with GfK Roper Consulting
  12. 12. Greenopolis Social Network
  13. 13. Closing thoughts… <ul><li>RM presents a significant, practical way to achieve sustainability goals… </li></ul><ul><li>Process improvements, tech innovation, behavioral change, systems thinking, and aligned incentives are to success in all segments… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Large industries have made significant progress… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Commercial and retail is the next wave… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consumer driven RM has the potential to fundamentally change the game. .. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>There are no waste streams, only wasted resources… </li></ul>
  14. 14. For Additional Info… <ul><li>Contact info: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Paul Ligon </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>T: 281-914-7402 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>E: </li></ul></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>Thanks for your time!