Climate change has a direct effect on Hunter’s business. Our irrigation products are fueled by the world’s water supplies, which are in peril as a result of more frequent and more serious droughts and floods, changes in precipitation, and temperature extremes all caused by climate change (UN water). Compounding climate change effects are population migrations and population increases away from water sources to areas where storage capacity matches population of past generations. We understand the water-energy nexus that links the need for water to energy use and vice versa. In a world powered by fossil fuels, our manufacturing processes, supply chain and product use contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint through water conservation and energy reduction.
Currently the direct financial impacts of climate change on Hunter’s business are not evident. Hunter’s water saving products may see an increase in demand as a result of new municipality water restrictions and an increased focus on water conservation. Potential energy cost increases due to Cap and Trade schemes may affect our manufacturing overhead. Additionally new taxes and a declining supply of oil will increase transport and material cost.
Hunter strives to achieve lower energy use as compared to revenue. 2012 was the warmest summer on record for the United States putting extra strain on energy systems throughout the country. Summer coincides with Hunter's high energy season when manufacturing is at its peak and our HVAC units are running at maximum capacity. With added threat to the energy availability in our region and the compounding effects of climate change the Hunter Sustainability Action Group in collaboration with the facilities department are working on an energy reduction awareness and action plan.
Energy Use - Performance
In 2012, we analyzed our energy use by source and generation type to help track our greenhouse gas emissions. Our energy profile includes power generated onsite (direct) through our natural gas fired engines and solar generation. The rest of our energy is procured through our utility (indirect), whose energy mix includes 20% renewables. With increasing demand for energy and the added threat of climate change we set a goal of reducing our carbon footprint by 30% by the year 2018. In 2012 our planning and manufacturing teams, minimized production on weekends while increasing productivity this helped lower our energy use by 6.2% and increase our manufacturing output by 2%. This translates to a 9.7% decrease in our carbon footprint.
At our San Marcos campus this year we produced 56% of our own energy (direct) through the use of cogeneration and photovoltaic systems. The remainder we purchased from our energy provider (indirect).
ENERGY-RELATED CARBON FOOTPRINT REDUCED BY 9.7%
*TCO2 = metric ton of Carbon dioxide equivalents
Hunter Corporate Sustainability Report 2012
Hunter Industries chose to construct our distribution center certified at LEED Gold; one of the only warehouses of its kind. This distribution center incorporates green features to achieve power and water rates beyond compliance. Two separate photovoltaic systems are incorporated into this building. The first is an 84 kilowatt system that provides 100% of the energy needed for lighting the distribution center. The second is a 102 KW system owned by SDG&E that provides locally generated power back to the surrounding community. The solar panels result in an annual reduction of 113 metric tons of CO2e. Hunter also renovated and had certified one of our production buildings to LEED silver standards.
Hunter implements yearly capital projects to improve infrastructure efficiencies. Our utility completed a lighting and compressed air audit finding varying degrees of potential improvements. In late 2012 we pursued the lighting retrofit project and replaced outdated lights with efficient fluorescent bulbs. This retrofit will reduce our energy usage by 274 MWh/yr, our Emissions by 207 metric tons of CO2e and save Hunter $39,000/year. Currently in consideration are the upgrades to our compressed air systems.Back to Top
- Implementation of an energy reduction program
- Increase renewable energy generation
- Pursue LEED certification for retrofit and new buildings