LaundryESP Quantifies Green Gains
Documenting the industry’s efforts to self-regulate and our commitment to continuous improvement provides the foundation for promoting our green attributes to the public, customers and regulators
The Laundry Environmental Stewardship Program (LaundryESP®) tells the story of the textile services industry’s positive impact on environmental protection. This voluntary pollution prevention and resource conservation program enables TRSA to facilitate the industry’s continued commitment to increasingly efficient use of natural resources. It is a cost-effective and flexible methodology for tracking improvement and creating more sustainable business practices.
Results compiled since 1997 demonstrate to the industry’s customers and regulators and environmental groups that textile service operations have made great strides in instituting company-specific initiatives that advance LaundryESP®’s mission. A wealth of data quantifies these improvements and proves that voluntary participation fosters individual corporate responsibility. LaundryESP® has helped members achieve significant reductions per pound of textile laundered since 1997 including:
- 24% reduction in CO2 emissions
- 27% reduction in total energy consumption, including
- 26% reduction in natural gas
- 9% reduction in electricity
- 75% reduction in fuel oil
- 81% decline in propane
- 30% in all hydrocarbon (production) fuels
- 10.9 trillion BTU reduced
- 33% reduction in gallons of water
Our business is naturally “green” with its reusable products and best practices such as the recycling of water, recapturing of heat and overall reductions in energy usage. The LaundryESP® program, developed with the EPA, demonstrates our industry’s commitment to sustainable operations.
Survey Results Attest to Efficiencies
The LaundryESP® Facility Data Survey of TRSA member companies produced the above results. The most recent such questionnaire covered members’ environmental performance from 2007 through 2009, crowning the accumulation of 13 years of year-by-year data on these parameters plus each facility’s production (volume of textiles cleaned, hours of operation), wastewater treatment and discharge, sludge generation and management, and other variables.
LaundryESP® Member Roster
More than 800 laundry facilities have provided data for at least one of the 13 years the survey has spanned, with the number of responding locations ranging in any single year from about 400 to about 650. For the most recent iteration of the survey, covering 2007 through 2009, 539 facilities provided data, many of which are part of multi-location operations represented on this roster.
TRSA and EPA: Allies in Resource Conservation
TRSA presents LaundryESP®results to EPA to demonstrate the industry’s progress in resource conservation and pollution reduction. Previous audiences within the agency have included officials from the Engineering Analysis Division, Office of Water; and Design for the Environment Program, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics. Collaborating with the agency on LaundryESP®also provides an opportunity to discuss issues with EPA representatives to ensure the industry is subjected to only fair, balanced environmental regulation.