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While climate change sceptics continue to be vocal, the evidence is there for everyone to judge for themselves. My judgment is that we have a duty to act now, so that we preserve life on earth for our children and grandchildren.

At AES Engineering group we are cutting our own carbon footprint where we can via solar panels, battery storage, electric vehicles, and other conservation measures. We are encouraging our supply chain to work more cleanly, and we are helping customers be more sustainable.

During a period when global warming is racing up the agenda, companies are making claims about their commitment to sustainability, and it looks increasingly likely that they will be held to account if they don’t deliver.

If every major company took care of all the small measures (and some quite large ones) that can help the environment and in some cases actually save money we would be in a much better position to face the future with confidence.

AES Engineering’s business model is to work with major global industries to help them improve their reliability and sustainability. We make mechanical seals, bearing protection, water management systems, and provide monitoring and reliability advice, etc. in challenging industrial environments. This is not always easy, but it is vital that it is done properly.

AESSEAL and AVT Reliability, the main brands in the Group, pride themselves on their ability to solve problems for customers. In fact, our success over more than four decades is built on the failure of previous suppliers to deliver solutions that work.

The issues can be slow or non-existent service, poor advice, or inappropriate, outdated, or limited solutions.

Many engineers are, quite rightly, conservative. They won’t change what they perceive as having worked in the past without demanding proof that it is warranted. The most convincing proof is delivering greater reliability, especially when this also solves other problems such as a carbon footprint that is simply too high, or excess water usage.

We have researched cases where billions of gallons or litres of water could be saved and carbon footprints lowered with the equivalent impact of a rainforest of 100 million trees – all without costing an industry any money.

Why don’t more companies act to help combat climate change when they could deliver worthwhile improvements that would please shareholders? Perhaps it is because those who make the decisions aren’t given the facts. Unfortunately, there is often no clear line of communication between the engineers with the detailed information and those who make the decisions on what to prioritize.

I am convinced that if board-level directors were fully aware of the facts about reliability, sustainability, and their impact on climate change they would decide more often to invest in the future of this planet.

Check out some of our selection of video case studies and challenge AESSEAL and AVT Reliability to deliver solutions for a more sustainable and planet-friendly industry.

Over the past weeks, I have been publishing articles outlining how a sustainable business can also be a successful business. See below the articles shared, outlining the five steps to sustainability:

  1. Have a higher goal
  2. Understand reliability and your environmental impact
  3. Have a ‘Grow your own’ culture
  4. The power of trust
  5. Deliver solutions

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If enough businesses act, together we can slow down or help to prevent Global Warming.

A Summary of Evidence

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Real World Examples

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