Business sustainability goes beyond the bottom line. Carbon emissions and energy costs are a problem for everyone. Businesses of every size face similar challenges in operating efficiently and balancing their values. Luckily, investing in green initiatives offers both cost savings and empowers the whole organization by being a part of the green solution. Not every company is in a position to build their microgrid or install a solar array, but there are some concrete things you can do to play your part in the fight against climate change. Continue reading “Business Sustainability: Five Ways Any Business Can Reduce Their Footprint”
It rarely makes headlines. Talking heads on cable news barely mention it. But for most businesses, energy efficiency plays an important role in saving money and reducing carbon emissions. We need to push the value of ‘energy moneyball’ to make real change accessible for all. Continue reading “Energy Efficiency: The “Moneyball” Approach To Fighting Climate Change”
Cannabis extraction facilities need help, too. There is a lot of discussion about energy at cannabis grow facilities, but like more products, the raw material is only the beginning. Every cannabis product needs either further processing or testing to ensure quality and safety. One important step in the journey, extraction, offers yet another opportunity to save energy and reduce the industry’s carbon footprint. Continue reading “Cannabis Extraction: Energy Savings Practices”
Finally. Around the country, US cannabis companies breathed a sigh of relief last week. Regardless of their political leanings on other issues, the results of the Georgia Senate run-offs contests are exciting for an industry that has been hamstrung since its inception. Continue reading “Senate Changes Offer Cannabis Industry Bright Future”
The cannabis industry knows that it has a tremendous responsibility to improve its sustainability. The National Cannabis Industry Association recently released a comprehensive study that includes recommendations on how to improve sustainability and efficiency for growers. Continue reading “National Cannabis Industry Association Announces Sustainability Plan”
Cannabis production doesn’t necessarily need to take place inside, but in many states, it’s a simple reality. From laws to climate, indoor production isn’t going anywhere, but we do need to make it more sustainable. Continue reading “Cannabis Production Needs To Go Green”
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With new regulations that could further support the booming cannabis industry, plus even more states loosening regulations in the 2020 election cycle, cannabis is ready to explode. However, it’s still the inescapable price of production that could make or break just how profitable companies will be.
Energy is absolutely critical for a crop that’s extremely reliant on light and perfect growing conditions to meet demand. And that demand is high; cannabis was worth roughly $10 billion in 2019. That number is expected to rise consistently over the next few years, and it could come with a sizeable carbon footprint. The best data we have dates back to 2017, when the United States produced 16.4 million pounds of cannabis. That produced a staggering 1.8 million tons of carbon into the atmosphere. By 2020, the industry is putting out roughly 2.4 million tons of carbon, and that’s something that may see more taxes and penalties in the years ahead.
That inefficiency has a big impact on the bottom line, too. Electrical demand is a large component of day-to-day expenses for most growers. Behind labor, it’s the biggest operating cost for growers. Much of that is due to the plant’s sensitive need for light. Marijuana often requires stretches of twelve hours of lighting at a time, plus the right humidity and water to grow.
On average, indoor growers spend 262 kilowatts per hour per square foot. One gram of flowering plant can produce a pound of carbon emissions and cost roughly 24 cents to produce, strictly in energy expenses. Outdoor growers see numbers half of indoor, but it’s still a big dent in the company budget.
That big footprint can have an impact on the communities growers live and work in. To fight an oversized draw on the grid, some municipalities are putting caps on the number of electricity growers can use, typically around 36 kWh per square foot. Cities in Massachusetts, Illinois, and part of Canada already have this type of legislation on the books, and as the industry grows into new regions and states, those same rules may find traction at the state or even federal level to create an even playing field and protect the environment.
At present, just 6% of the electricity used in cannabis production can be traced to sustainable energy sources like wind and solar. The vast majority use coal and natural gas, especially in North America. Individual growers are looking at ways to include renewable technologies, more efficient lighting fixtures, and energy storage to lower costs and increase margins as they grow.
If you’re ready to take a closer look at how you can improve your energy environment and save the planet in the process, we’re one of the most experienced companies in improving efficiency for cannabis growers. Learn more and contact us today!
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Standing in front of a solemn history of our nation is humbling. There can be nothing casual about walking through the Library of Congress, climbing the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. If there is a Congressperson or leader who can see the site of the Capitol Building without feeling small, no matter how mighty they may be, they have lost a very important sense of perspective. Continue reading “Keen Joins National Cancer Prevention Workshop in Washington D. C”