Avon selects new energy management system to drive sustainability initiative

By Andrew McDougall

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Energy intelligence company EPS has announced that Avon has selected its energy management and carbon reduction solution to help the company drive continuous improvement in energy efficiency and sustainability initiatives.

According to the global beauty brand, EPS’ xChange Point has been chosen because of the capabilities of the software as a service, as well as the experienced team of engineers at EPS, as Avon look to identify and increase levels of energy efficiency at its plant located at Morton Grove, Illinois.

The change will allow the plant engineering team to focus on installing new production lines at the facility and keep the plant’s manufacturing processes running optimally.

“Avon has aggressive energy reduction and corporate sustainability goals, and has a demonstrated track record of energy efficiency success,”​ commented Jay Zoellner, CEO of EPS.

“So we are pleased that Avon believes our expertise, deployed in real time through xChange Point, adds value to their efforts and will advance their sustainability success.”

Setting clear goals to increase sustainability

Between 2004 and 2008, Avon limited its energy consumption by 13.25 percent per unit, and had already set out sustainability goals.

The company has set a target of further lowering energy consumption per-unit-produced an additional 10 percent by 2012.

The xChange Point solution will initially be deployed at the Morton Grove facility to monitor and analyze current energy consumption, before identifying areas for the greatest improvement and designing a strategy to increase the overall energy efficiency of the plant.

EPS’ energy management system is already installed in many Fortune 1000 manufacturing companies, according to the California based firm, and is used to understand and reduce their energy, water and carbon profiles right across their facilities.

The solution enables organizations to continuously monitor energy use and carbon metrics, identifying the most effective opportunities to reduce costs while improving sustainability and the ability to track and monitor the carbon reductions from an industry standard.

Personal care companies following suit

Avon is not the only company to opt for a more energy efficient system to be deployed in its production facilities. Cosmetics brand Lush opted for a green electricity provider as part of its ongoing commitment to reducing its environmental impact, adding to a list of previous initiatives particularly surrounding its packaging solutions.

The move was part of the internal energy conservation challenge, the company launched in May this year, to reduce its energy consumption in Canada by 15 percent.

The Canada based company recognised that 70 percent of its energy consumption occurred during production and set about tackling its sustainability priorities by switching provider.

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