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Sustainable Development

Energy Answers believes in using an eco-industrial park ideology to promote synergistic relationships with other businesses that can utilize the steam, electricity, and recovered materials from a resource recovery facility, which could similarly utilize the waste materials from the other businesses in the eco-park.

Potential Industrial Partners: Link to PDF

  • Utilities
  • Paper Mills
  • Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Food Processors
  • Chemical Plants
  • Plastics Manufacturers
  • Concrete Plants
  • Tire Recyclers
  • Aquaculture Operations
  • Metals Recyclers and Manufacturers
  • Ethanol Producers

Energy Answers has worked with leaders in the field of Industrial Ecology to advance their resource recovery solutions. Examples of our ability to minimize the environmental footprint while promoting sustainable economic development include:

  • Using steam produced at the Pittsfield Resource Recovery Facility, Crane & Company (a neighboring paper mill), manufactures the paper on which U.S. currency is printed. Waste from the paper mill is part of the fuel that powers the resource recovery facility.
  • In Puerto Rico, Energy Answers identified a brownfield site with an abandoned sugar mill and paper mill. The economics of reactivating the paper mill improved significantly when steam and electricity from a resource recovery facility were planned as the power source. Cardboard and paper recovered from the waste stream were identified as feedstock for the mill. Graduate students in Industrial Ecology at Yale University, School of Forestry also researched the development of agricultural industries in conjuction with the Resource Recovery Facility planned for the site. (see Waste Equals Food: Developing a Sustainable Agriculture Support Cluster for Renova Resource Recovery Park Arecibo, Puerto Rico) PDF
  • In St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, Energy Answers worked with local environmental leaders and territory environmental regulators to create a development plan for a 1200 acre brownfield, formerly an alumina refinery. The plan called for the reactivation of the deepwater port, the utilization of power plant cooling ponds for recreational projects and an integrated solid waste management program for the island.
  • Together with Losonoco, which builds and operates refineries that recycle agricultural, municipal and commercial waste streams into Fuel Ethanol a low emission gas/petrol substitute, Energy Answers offers communities yet another option for implementing positive environmental change.
  • Another natural extension of the resource recovery process is the manufacturing of concrete blocks utilizing high quality ash as a substitute for quarried stone and limited natural resources.

Industrial Ecology is a dynamic systems-based framework that enables management of human activity on a sustainable basis by:

  • Minimizing energy and materials usage;
  • Ensuring acceptable quality of life for people;
  • Minimizing the ecological impact of human activity to levels natural systems can sustain;
  • Conserving and restoring ecosystem health and maintaining biodiversity;
  • Maintaining the economic viability of systems for industry, trade and commerce.
  • Ernest A. Lowe, Indigo Development