Cox understands that the most essential way to operate in an environmentally responsible manner is to limit our consumption of carbon-based sources of energy. That’s why we’ve committed to make our business carbon neutral by 2044. It’s a big challenge, but we believe we can accomplish that goal by undertaking comprehensive efficiency measures both big and small – from installing more energy-efficient fixtures in our facilities to practicing smarter management of our vehicle fleet.
Carbon Neutrality by 2044
One of the landmark goals of Cox Conserves is to make our company 100 percent carbon neutral by 2044. We’ve made great progress toward this aim by deploying renewable energy resources, taking conservation measures and operating a more sustainable fleet.
Since 2007, we have offset 82,000 tons of carbon through our energy-conserving activities. In 2016 alone, we offset 17,000 tons – enough to power 2,275 homes annually.
These accomplishments are the product of dozens of sustainability projects across our organization. Notable initiatives include:
- WSB-TV’s comprehensive effort to reduce energy and water consumption at its facility by 20 percent earning the City of Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge Award. The WSB initiative included a complete assessment, analysis and modernization of HVAC systems, the addition of low-flow water equipment, and installing interior lighting controls. By achieving its target goal the facility has reduced carbon emissions by 270 tons per year and water consumption by 1.5 million gallons per year.
- In 2015 and 2016, Manheim replacing approximately 60 HVAC units with higher efficiency units at a cost of $685,400. The higher efficiency of these units reduced emissions by 400 tons of carbon annually with an average internal rate of return of 20 percent.
- Manheim Orlando swapping out every light fixture or lamp in its facilities with an LED replacement. This project, at a cost of approximately $590,000, reduced carbon by 950 tons annually and produced an internal rate of return of 15 percent.
- The 6325 Central Park facility in Atlanta optimizing the efficiency of its HVAC systems by installing variable speed drives on air handling equipment and converting the chilled water system to variable primary flow. This project achieved a total energy savings of 1,100,000 kilowatt hours annually, energy savings of $97,460 (in year 1) and carbon reduction of 743 tons annually.
- KIRO 7 in Seattle converting the HVAC system to a more efficient variable volume system. This project achieved total energy savings of 1,088,898 kilowatt hours annually, energy savings of $79,381 (in year 1) and carbon reduction of 735 tons annually. The project earned a rebate from Seattle City Light of over $280,000. At the time, this rebate was one of the largest rebates issued by Seattle City Light for an energy conservation project.
- Installing an 18 kW energy storage system at Manheim Southern California that uses real-time data to optimize efficiency and reduce electricity costs.