The EPD labels will enable Knife River to identify production ‘hot spots’ that, once addressed, can improve the company's environmental performance. EPDs also help consumers to select lower impact concrete mixes, and help the company meet LEED standards.
Following Sarkar's recommendations, a mechanical concrete reclaimer has been installed at one plant, with a possible roll out to other locations, if it is successful.
The pollution prevention assessment conducted by Sarkar and OSU's Industrial Energy Assessment identified areas for energy savings and production process improvement. The assessment recommendations could result in an annual energy savings of approximately 1,500 million British Thermal Units (mmBTU), saving Knife River $30,000 per year after a one-year return on investment, if adopted.
To further Knife River’s environmental goals, the intern recommended that the company pursue NRMCA's Green-Star Certification.
The recommended projects resulted in: