63. Sunflower ECO
As environmental standards and regulations are increasing, both government and industry are quickly realizing that meeting these standards is critical to cost containment, efficiency, and environmental citizenry. Organizations must now calculate and report comprehensive data relating to their environmentally focused initiatives. Escalating energy costs and public perception of environmental stewardship are primary drivers for organizations undertaking energy reduction initiatives. Positive outcomes for both of these objectives require consolidated information spanning all aspects of an organization’s energy “footprint”, covering facilities, vehicles, production equipment, water usage, electronic equipment, and personnel. This requires tools and processes to capture, analyze, report, and predict changes to the various components of an overall energy policy and plan, and provide a methodology for planning and implementing continuing improvements in energy efficiency and effectiveness.
Sunflower Systems enables the capture and reporting of information for improving environmental stewardship and sustainability. By providing software tools and business solutions to increase visibility into your property, plant and equipment, we also simplify the everyday tasks associated with managing the physical assets of your organization and their impact upon the environment. Sunflower Assets® is the premier software solution for tracking the physical, financial, and operational aspects of all assets from acquisition through disposal. Sunflower ECO is a web-based lifecycle asset management configuration designed to address energy-focused asset management initiatives for federal agencies, commercial organizations, universities, research laboratories, and state and local governments. High level system features • Capture baseline and trending information including time-based metering • Facilitate breakdown of energy and water use at different levels of the enterprise (e.g.: Business units/Organization hierarchy, Floors Campus Geographic location) • Track upgrades and/or changes of facilities, fleets, and equipment • Measure the improvements made during an upgrade project • Ability to capture information at multiple levels (catalog vs. asset) • Capture the cost of energy improvements to generate ROI analysis • Ability to do what-if analysis & scenario- based comparative forecasting • Calculate Carbon footprint from energy usage using user-specified conversion factor Operational Functional features: Facility/Campus Energy Efficiency • Track energy significant campus attributes • Track energy consumption by manufacturer energy rating and utilization factor estimates • Track energy consumption by individual meters • Track upgrades and enhancements made to campuses in accordance with sustainable strategies for integrated design, energy performance and indoor environmental quality • Report the number of specific types of upgrades by campus and its components (building, land, structures) • Support checklist for LEED rating for energy efficiency Electronics Management • Track and report the number of electronics within the organization that meet the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool standards • Track and report the number of computers and monitors upon which Energy Star features are enabled • Track and report the number of items that are reutilized within the organization, donated, sold and recycled Vehicles • Track the purchase of alternative fuel, hybrid, plug-in, electric, and other types of conventional (gasoline, diesel, LNG) and non-conventional vehicles (synthetic, electric, hybrid) • Identify vehicle types (i.e. Cars, Trucks, Aircraft., Golf carts, Fork lifts) • Identify unit of measure for capturing fuel consumption (i.e. Kwh, Gallons, Cubic feet) • Report the percentage of fleet that is comprised of each type of vehicle • Report fuel consumption per individual vehicle, vehicle type, and of entire fleet • Report CO2 emissions per individual vehicle, per vehicle type and for entire fleet • Track number of recharge stations and consumption for electric vehicles Petroleum Conservation • Track and report petroleum consumption in fleet vehicles by each type of fuel consumed • Report petroleum consumption per individual vehicle, per vehicle type and of the entire fleet Alternative Fuel Use • Track and report the amount of each type of fuel consumed • Report alternative fuel consumption per individual vehicle, vehicle type and for the entire fleet Water Conservation • Track water based systems within a campus • Track water consumption by individual meters • Track upgrades and enhancements made to campuses in accordance with sustainable strategies for integrated design, water efficiency and indoor environmental quality. • Report the number of specific types of upgrades by campus and its components (building, land, structures) • Identify types of water (i.e. Potable water, Grey water, Recycled water) Energy Contracts • Identify contract type, by energy types (i.e. Nuclear Energy, Renewable power, Fuels/Gasoline, Hydroelectric) Energy Consumption • Track and report the amount of each energy source that is purchased • Report actual energy consumption per type of power Non-Electronics Recycling • Track the number of recycling repositories and the types of materials recycled per building • Report number of recycling repositories and the types of materials recycled per building Human Assets • Track the number of employees who telecommute, and how often • Report total number of days that are “telecommuting” days for a given time period • Track the number of employees who utilize public transportation, company sponsored transportation, or carpools • Report on number of employees who utilize these alternate forms of commuting methods as a percentage of entire workforce • Use of WebEx and other online meeting tools • Track number of commute miles for employees
Why it should be recognized:
Sunflower ECO enables organizations to measure their progress towards meeting its goals for environmental standards and energy reductions. The Sunflower solution provides the toolset by which these measurements can be can be captured and calculated for organizations to accurately report against target metrics from a single source. Sunflower ECO captures the data and metrics for organizations to accurately and systematically report their progress to local, state, federal and other public entities which define and carry out public policy and mandates. Finally, Sunflower ECO is an organizational tool which enables forward-thinking what-if scenarios and project planning for future initiatives for energy-related business improvement. In addition to ensuring compliance with mandates and regulations, green practices are simply good business practices that significantly improve efficiency and affect an organization’s bottom line. Energy expenditures decrease as a result of installing energy-efficient utilities and implementing energy-saving techniques. Spending on new procurement decreases as a result of effective reutilization processes and extending the useful life of IT equipment. Smarter purchasing decisions are made because of increased visibility into maintenance activities on equipment and vehicles. Essentially, these ideas shouldn’t be considered from only a “green” perspective – but rather as part of an overall plan to increase efficiency and eliminate excess spending.
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On Feb 20, 2013 Babar Yousuf said: What makes this system unique is that by combinative integration of micro and macro turnaround reporting, monitoring, control, forecasting and planning functionality the solution through its potential for creating optimization for a user has potential to be a game changer for a number of industry sector's operations management sustainability.
Submitted: Jan 29, 2013
Author: Robert Kaehler
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