The current environmental conditions obligate companies to responsible use natural resources; therefore it is increasingly common to seek efficient technologies in the consumption of energies. Technology facilitates the operation of other energy sources that even increase the efficiency of companies and involve long term important economic savings, thanks to the use of alternative energies.
This culture is already a trend for companies settled in the Metropolitan Area of Guadalajara and the rest of the region. An example of the incorporation of green energies to the working environment is Intel, which is one of the main buyers of renewable energy in the United States.
The multinational, that some weeks ago celebrated its 50th anniversary, even has a world policy in which budgets a special item year after year tagged specially for the investment in green projects that have as an objective the substitution of energy consumption to renewable sources.
Christian Ceciliano Futscher, manager of corporate services from the Site Guadalajara, shared in an interview that the company sees this resource as a long term investment, that within time will prove its value and efficiency, in addition of constituting considerable savings in energy consumption of the facilities. The final objective is to decrease the ecologic mark of the company.
“Intel has a commitment for operative sustainability, with water savings and energy use and savings. That is why the venue Guadalajara is an environmental friendly building,” he said.
Ivan Elizondo, energy preservation manager for Latin America of Intel, emphasized that the Site Guadalajara of Intel is emblematic for the company, since its conception it was though s an efficient construction with the use of different renewable energies systems.
“On its design, the building observed at the moment latest generation energy, including the installation of a heat pump to extract energy from the subsoil, solar panels for the generation of electricity, water heating water as part of the same energy and an air recirculation system that prepare the place according to the exterior environmental conditions,” he said.
This granted the Gold LEED certification (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design,) granted by the Green Building Council of the United States. Such recognition states strategies addressed to sustainability in buildings, observing aspects of energy efficiency, the use of alternative and renewable energies and the efficiency in water consumption, among others.
NEW PANELS PROJECT
For 2018, Intel Guadalajara Design Center (GDC) will incorporate a project of photovoltaic panels to reduce energy consumption of the site, which will have a platform of 500 kilowatts.
“The building consumes 1.8 megawatts, then we will seek that almost a third part of the consumption will be solved with this facility. It is important mentioning that the generation of energy is made in hours where there is light,” said Christian Ceciliano.
At the moment, the project is on feasibility study stages, for later start the analysis of economic proposals from different companies, certainly, all Mexican. It is expected that the installation will be completed on the first months of 2019.
“This project comes to complement our vision of making the building more environmental friendly and use another kind of renewable energies,” said Ceciliano Futscher, while remembering that they already have applications of thermalsolar panels.
This last one is a system to heat the water that contributes to the reduction of gas consumption for this aim. The GDC also has wind power turbines for the production of electric energy, energy recuperators in roofs for the conditioning of the facilities and domes that capture exterior light directing it to specific areas, aiming to not depending in much of artificial lighting systems.
On the other hand, Ivan Elizondo said that in a future process to continue with the sustainability plan of the company will be the conversion to LED of the entire lighting, under a scheme of Internet of Things.
“This kind of technology has an 85 percent of saving in energy consumption proven compared with a normal system,” he noted.
Finally, the company has a water treatment plant, whose technology allows improving water condition for internal systems and seek savings in liquid consumption, in addition of the management of wastewaters for irrigation.
SUSTAINABILITY AND SAFETY
Dulces de la Rosa is another company from Jalisco that seeks the use of clean energies. Enrique Michel Velasco, owner of the company, noted in an interview that 25 percent of the company works as of energy collected in solar cells.
Likewise, they have a water treatment plant that was opened on April this year, which represented and investment of about 20 million pesos and has a capability to process 900 thousand liters of water per day. The treated water serves for the irrigation of green areas.
In the last 18 months, the company has injected a capital of more than 40 million pesos for the implementation of this treatment plant and the solar energy system, said Michel Velasco.
Meanwhile, the businessman noted that these policies go together with best practices in other areas, as security. An example of that is the noise reduction in plants for the benefit of the workers, as well as zero fumes emissions that pollutant the environment.
Michel Velasco assured that its team keeps informed about the latest technological advances, aimed to implement those suitable in the company and seek turning from traditional electric energy to new less pollutant and more economic sources.
BUSINESS LEADERS BET
Meanwhile, Daniel Curiel Rodriguez, coordinator of Council of Industrial Chambers of Jalisco (CCIJ, by its Spanish initials) considered that although these advances and implementations involve a strong investment for companies, they lead to a series of benefits for the industry.
“Eventually, it is an issue of quality that goes positioned to the company and that enables the entrance of these in international markets. Without doubt, betting on quality, safety and environment issues, means access to better markets for companies,” he said.
Together with other business leaders, the CCIJ anticipates the sustainable growth as something to be developed in the entity, as it is mentioned in the Agenda por Jalisco. He additionally said that the organism has always pronounced for the respect for regulations, therefore different Chambers look after the fulfillment on environmental and sustainability issues.
“It is important to star generating a culture beyond gathering with the environment in all aspects. We have very clear examples with different companies and we will continue being promoters of having an environmental friendly industry,” he explained.
Curiel Rodriguez said that the food Industry, as well as the electric/electronic and automotive sector, are of the most advanced in this subject, with companies that national and internationally hold different certifications.