Why you can’t afford to CATNAP

These are tough economic times and the gloomy situation both at home and abroad doesn’t look as if it will be brightening up any time soon. In times like these, it’s understandable that companies are looking for ways to save money and you might expect that investing in environmental monitoring equipment would be the last thing on the mind of many plant operators. But that so-called logic overlooks an important truth – nine times out of 10, what’s good for the environment is also good for business.

When it comes to environmental monitoring, the rationale for opting for a CATNAP approach (cheapest available technique narrowly avoiding prosecution) is pretty obvious – short-term upfront cost savings. What may be less obvious are some of the longer-term advantages of opting instead for BAT (best available techniques).
At its heart, preventing emissions is all about maximising resource efficiency. Why waste energy heating gases that are lost up the exhaust stack? Why treat more water than necessary, just to throw it down the drain? In short, minimising emissions minimises waste, which is just as appealing for the hard-pressed people in the finance department as it is to environmental compliance managers.

The other key issue is that environmental legislation is tightening up all the time, and companies must increasingly keep on top of their compliance measures if they want to avoid punitive taxes and – in extreme cases – fines.

In fact, this is something that operators are increasingly aware of, with over 35% of organisations formally reviewing impending environmental legislation on a monthly basis. Some 22% opt for quarterly reviews, 16% go through it every six months and 24% look at it annually.

*If you fancy seeing how you measure up against the other players in your industry, why not check out our interactive benchmarking tool at www.howdoyoumeasureupabb.com?

*Source: ABB’s How do you measure up? survey.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: