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Sustainability Best Practices for Electrical Manufacturers

As the world becomes more sustainable and electrified, electrical manufacturers will face increasing demand. Alongside that demand, manufacturers are facing increased pressure from a wide variety of stakeholders to operate more sustainably. Employees, customers, shareholders and governments are all pushing for companies to operate more sustainably, and companies are responding by setting sustainability goals to guide their efforts.

Managing their impact on the planet’s natural resources while scaling production with increasing demand for electrical products is likely to be a defining challenge for manufacturers over the coming decades. But how should companies approach this challenge? A combination of strategic investments, operational efficiencies and employee engagement is required to drive lasting and meaningful progress.

Factor 1. Focus on high-impact efficiency upgrades

Manufacturing facility managers know that it is impossible to address every potential sustainability improvement at once. Developing criteria to identify particularly impactful upgrades at various levels of investment can

be a useful starting point. For instance, plant managers can identify which equipment uses the most energy or is used most frequently, or single out aging equipment that would probably need to be replaced soon for production reasons anyway. Building environmental considerations like energy use into the process when selecting new equipment is a good way to drive improvement while keeping costs down. At nVent, we were able to save 827,000 kilowatt hours and more than 238 metric tons of CO2e in 2022 by completing air compressor upgrade projects.

Water use is a growing concern for manufacturing operations, particularly in water-stressed areas of the world. Many of the ways in which water is used in manufacturing lend themselves well to closed-loop systems where water can be recycled or repurposed to be used in multiple operations. Water recycling and recirculation systems can save millions of gallons per year for

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