A Summary of Evidence

We could save the equivalent of 40% of all car based CO2

This initiative is intended to persuade the Boards of Directors of companies with more than 250 employees to adopt a policy which will contain some or all of the following:-

  1. A statement that environmental projects, with the same return on investment as non-environmental projects, will be given priority.
  2. The Board will specify the return on investment criterion and the scale of environmental project should be brought to their attention and will undertake to make a decision inside a specified period.
  3. The Board will welcome co-workers or suppliers to directly inform it about projects with an environmental benefit.
  4. Ideally a helpline will be provided for co-workers and suppliers to discreetly bring environmental projects that meet the policy criterion to the attention of the Board, but which have been blocked for whatever reason at lower levels of the organisation.

A sample of such a policy can be accessed here and can be amended to meet the need of any organisation.  It can be considered as freeware and can be printed onto any company headed paper. 

By way of example only, at the time of writing, it might be possible to save the equivalent of the CO2 emissions (CO2eq) of approximately 422.5 million cars and in many cases get a return on investment of less than 2 years. 

The savings can be achieved using existing energy saving technology some of which has been known for and been in use in a very small number of applications, but for more than 30 years.  The evaluation of potential car CO2eq eliminations started in November 2019 and is ongoing. We therefore expect the 422.5 million cars equivalent figure to grow.  Calculations and the assumptions behind them are available for examination and agreement or denial on a case specific basis, which we would welcome, but it is not the point.  The point is that the Board of Directors of companies ought to have an environmental policy which encouraged participation from their own operators and suppliers and to which they gave priority.

The objective of this study is to estimate the potential energy savings which could be achieved through improving the efficiency of mechanical seal solutions utilised on plants around the globe.

This energy saving is expressed as a total of the number equivalent to an average car's annual CO2 emissions.

A global calculation is done for each industry considered, estimating the number of pieces of rotating equipment on an individual site/plant, then the number of specific sealing applications, the total utilisation of those pieces of equipment, expressed in hours and the total number of plants globally.

The model consists of the following calculations subject to the nature of the application studied and the available researched equivalent CO2 conversion factors for the fluids considered.

  1. Calculation of steam turbine steam loss savings achievable via installation of Gas Lift Mechanical Sealing technology - assuming 90kg steam Loss per hour.
  2. Calculation of the potential energy savings made by changing the sealing arrangement / API plan from least efficient to most efficient options, by way of reducing the need to heat up cool fluid injection from a continually fed external source.


Total (Approx) 341 million cars CO2 eq

*Mechanical Packing is used in all industries.  In some regions or countries it is almost never used, yet in another region or country in the same industry it is in widespread use.

The following assumptions have been made....
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If enough businesses act, together we can slow down or help to prevent Global Warming.

Why we are Taking Action

The purpose of this communication is to encourage the Boards of companies worldwide to create a simple to understand policy.

Real World Examples

Just a few examples where we have the know-how to do things differently and help both the environment and the bottom line.

A Summary of Evidence

We estimate that widespread adoption of more climate-friendly policies in industry globally, could have the equivalent impact of taking 422.5 million cars off the roads.