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1 Greater Houston By-Product Synergy Project Working Meeting September 18, 2013

2 OVERVIEW ABOUT THE US BCSD COLLABORATIVE PROCESS BPS AND WATER SYNERGY Part of the WBCSD Regional Network, we create opportunities for our members to work on authentic sustainability projects with industry, government and other key stakeholders who might not otherwise have the chance to collaborate and network. Our projects use established work processes to create a “safe” zone to build trust and the business relationships needed for detailed information sharing to take action - whether that is about material exchanges, watershed initiatives, or energy. By-Product Synergy (BPS) is the matching of under-valued waste, transportation, energy and other streams from one facility with potential users at another facility to create new revenues or savings, environmental and societal benefits. Leveraging the BPS methodology, the US BCSD Water Synergy collaboration forum provides an engine for inventive thinking and action for water quantity, quality and stormwater challenges.

3 THE BPS PROCESS Raw Material Product A By-Product Disposal Raw Material Product B Company A Company B X X Processing? Communication Network

4 EXAMPLE OPPORTUNITIES Tires – Tire Derived FuelVinyl Acetate – Carpet AdhesiveFood Waste – Energy & CompostPallet ReuseSpent Chemicals RecyclingOff Spec Polymers – Floor Sealant or FuelCatalyst Reuse and RecyclingDrilling muds for Fuel

5 ESTIMATED BENEFITS: HOUSTON BPS BPS MetricsAnnual Savings Total Cost Savings$4,500,000 Waste to Landfill Avoided (tons)16,000 Life cycle CO 2 Emissions (MT eCO 2 )19,000 Life Cycle Water Use Reduction (million gal)400 Life Cycle Energy Use (1000 barrels of oil)450 Life Cycle Nonrenewable Resources (tons) 32,000

6 US BCSD MATERIALS MARKETPLACE The new US BCSD Materials Marketplace is a robust tool for sustainability professionals and operations managers to post, seek and exchange underutilized materials more effectively. Beta testing begins in October 2013. CURRENTLY IN DEVELOPMENT

7 CIRRUS STATUS Cirrus is currently offline, but material updates can be contributed to We will maintain a current list of materials in a secured offline database and will work with members to update their information and materials when the marketplace is rolled out in Houston in Q1 2014.

8 ON WATER The US BCSD Water Synergy collaboration forum provides an engine for inventive thinking and action for water quantity, quality and stormwater challenges.

9 LOUISIANA WATER SYNERGY PROJECT 21 company participants come from different sectors of industry but face similar challenges regarding water issues. Collaborative thinking leads to creative actions to address those challenges. MULTI-INDUSTRY FORUM

10 HOUSTON WATER SYNERGY Provide a multi-industry forum for addressing water management challenges in Houston Achieve tangible water synergy benefits related to water quantity, quality, and storm water for the participating companies and the region Link the efforts of the private sector to those underway in the public sector; and Establish a long-term collaboration plan in this region that fosters mutually beneficial solutions to mitigate risks and avoids competitive tensions.

11 LOUISIANA WORKING GROUPS NUTRIENTS reducing nutrients in the Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico. WETLANDS restoring wetlands by introducing treated water, nutrients, & sediment from near-by facilities. GROUNDWATER reducing groundwater use and risks in high priority areas. SYSTEMS SHARING create synergies between facilities through water reuse or shared infrastructure for water supply/water treatment RED MUD evaluating use of red mud from alumina production to reduce costs of levee construction

12 NEXT STEPS – WATER SYNERGY PROJECTS Replicate the project in other water-stressed regions Integrate UVA participatory simulation game Increase awareness & support for this business-led approach for watershed collaboration

13 PACE FINANCING Texas’ industrial sector is a huge, untapped market for energy saving retrofits. Texas 19% Remainder of U.S. 81% Texas vs. nationwide energy consumption by industry

14 TEXAS CLEAN ENERGY/WATER CONSERVATION FINANCING - SB385 (PACE) 100% project financing Repaid via property tax bill Long payback period – 20 years Payments stay with the property No effect on capital budget Energy savings offset payments

15 ELIGIBLE IMPROVEMENTS Energy efficiency Renewable energy Water conservation

16 PACE AND BPS Pound-for-pound, material reuse is significantly less energy intensive vs. virgin materials. BPS opportunities that meet the PACE criteria include: Capital investment needed for equipment to implement synergy project Savings to investment ratio greater than 1 Environmental benefits Reduced landfill or incineration disposal Renewable energy production Avoided virgin materials needed Examples include: anaerobic digestion technology, chemical reprocessing equipment, waste heat energy capture equipment, or other material processing equipment needed to make a synergy project happen.

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