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Integrated Resource Management

IRM explained

If you're managing or planning how to deal with waste, you need to consider Integrated Resource Management.  The best way to explain this is by example:

Pivotal prepared an IRM Plan for Esquimalt, BC, a community of 19,000, covering MSW, kitchen, yard & garden wastes.  It is expected to:

achieve over 90% landfill diversion;
exceed the community's corporate GHG reduction commitments;
reduce taxes, net of all construction and operating costs;
generate a sterile "compost" that;
sequesters carbon at no extra cost;
generate clean energy and;
attached buildings may exceed Net Zero. 

The Plan received over 85% public support, was unanimously approved by expert review committees and Council and is being implemented.  The main plant will be on a 1 acre site near the town centre, adjacent to housing and businesses who support the project, which will be guaranteed. A conventional waste management plan undertaken in parallel did not identify these benefits or potential.

IRM is a justifiable approach even if the only driving reasons are financial, but especially if you have to consider the environment.  That's because it's the best way to maximize the "5R's" of reuse and recycling, Net Zero, the circular economy, moving towards zero waste and more. 

The heart of IRM is that it integrates and links financial, environmental, resource and energy life cycles, costs and revenues.  The result is a transparent assessment with full comparison of systems, approaches, technologies and more.  This makes it completely accountable to taxpayers and shareholders and is the best, if not the only way, to plan resilient, maximized solutions, because IRM integrates seamlessly with traditional waste planning and existing systems. 

See the 9 minute video developed for the above example community, to start to understand why IRM is both useful and important.

In summary:
For business IRM reduces cost and risk, maximizing profit and adding to the bottom line while demonstrating environmental leadership, faster and at less cost and risk;
For communities, IRM creates a justifiable and resilient long term plan that's better for both the environment and cheaper for taxpayers.

For more about IRM please contact Pivotal

IRM is as much a philosophy as a process, because in nature there is no waste, just resources.  Waste not, want not.

The original driver behind IRM was to be consistent with the UN's Brundtland Commission definition of sustainable development.  IRM was reviewed by Dr. Charles McNeill, Manager of the United Nations Development Programme's Environmental Program Team, who concluded:

"I conclude that this IRM plan is conceptually sound and on the right track, and if implemented it would likely provide a model of great value to countless municipalities throughout the world."

Gothenburg, Sweden implemented IRM.  See the short interview with Mr Kaj Anderson, Manager of Gothenburg's combined water and waste management division explaining how they did this.  Gothenburg subsequently implemented an Advanced Gasification system using a fluidized bed reactor.  For more detail see the summary, read more in the library or contact Pivotal.



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