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Despite ongoing negotiations, consensus has not yet been reached on what action will be taken to combat global warming. A number of companies have looked beyond the current stalemate to see the prospect of reducing greenhouse-gas emissions not as a roadblock to growth and innovation but as a unique opportunity to increase profits and productivity. These "cool" companies understand the strategic importance of reducing heat-trapping emissions and have worked to cut their emissions by fifty percent or more. In the process, they have not only reduced their energy bill, but have increased their productivity, sometimes dramatically.
In Cool Companies, energy expert Joseph Romm describes the experiences of these remarkable firms, as he presents more than fifty case studies in which bottom line improvements have been achieved by improving processes, increasing energy efficiency, and adopting new technologies. Romm places efforts to reduce emissions in the context of proven corporate strategies, showing managers how they can build or retrofit their operations with the latest technologies to reduce emissions and achieve quick returns on the investment. Case studies explain:
In profiling successful companies such as DuPont, 3M, Compaq, Xerox, Toyota, Verifone, Perkin-Elmer, and Centerplex, among many others, Cool Companies turns on its head the notion that the effort to combat global warming will come with massive costs to the industrial sector. It is a unique and essential business book for anyone concerned with increasing profits and productivity while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Chapter 1. Strategic Planning in the Greenhouse
Chapter 2. Henry Ford and Toyota
Chapter 3. Buildings
Chapter 4. Design for Workplace Productivity
Chapter 5. Computers and Clean Rooms
Chapter 6. Cool Power
Chapter 7. Factories?Part I: Motor Systems
Chapter 8. Factories?Part II: Steam and Industrial Processes
Chapter 9. Beyond Benchmarking
Chapter 10. What Price Carbon Dioxide?
Conclusion - Carbon Dioxide and Productivity
Appendix - There Is No Such Thing as the ''Hawthorne Effect''