Industry Survey Results

The Office of Policy and Sustainable Practices conducts an annual survey of key industries in Tennessee each to evaluate the current state of sustainability best practices and other environmental issues facing industry. Below is a comparison of overall survey responses from 2020 and 2021.

2020 Results

2021 Results

2020

Over 30% of respondents have an ISO 14001 certified Environmental Management System. 15% have an EMS that conforms to the ISO standards but is not certified. Almost half, or 46%, have none.

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Nearly 50% of respondents have an ISO 14001 certified Environmental Management System (EMS). Sixteen percent of facilities responding to the survey have an EMS that conforms to the ISO standards but is not certified. Only about 20% have none.

2020

12% of respondents are designated or self-designated as a Zero Waste to Landfill facility. ZWTL still has no official or ubiquitous definition, however it is generally accepted to be at least 95% of discards being reused, recycled or otherwise not landfilled. 88% are not ZWTL but nearly all have plans to achieve this within 5 years. Common obstacles to this goal vary widely but general themes are vendor capabilities, lack of monetary commitment and issues with materials substitutions. Most often mentioned is that products require certain non-recyclable materials.

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12% of respondents are designated or self-designated as a Zero Waste to Landfill (ZWTL) facility. ZWTL still has no official or common definition, however it is generally accepted to be at least 95% of discards being reused, recycled, or otherwise not landfilled. 88% of facilities responding to the survey are not ZWTL but nearly all have plans to achieve this. Results from OPSP’s 2020 Industry Survey reflects the exact percentages regarding ZWTLF. Common obstacles to this goal vary widely but general themes are vendor capabilities, lack of monetary commitment, and issues with materials substitutions. Most often mentioned is that products require certain non-recyclable materials and that all reductions that do not compromise the quality of products have been achieved. 

2020

Liquid wastes are treated with a variety of options with 40% of respondents using other options than specified in the survey. 18% actually landfill their liquid wastes while 7% use land application and only 1% have animal feed options.

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Liquid wastes are treated with a variety of options with over 50% of respondents using other options than specified in the survey. Twenty-eight percent landfill their liquid wastes while 8% use land application and less than 1% rely on animal feed options. 

2020

Over 70% have heard of the Tennessee Materials Marketplace, our collaborative platform to facilitate the reuse of materials. Many of the respondents would like assistance with recycling certain discarded materials. The Tennessee Materials Marketplace is a major tool for this.

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Over 70% of individuals participating in the survey have heard of the Tennessee Materials Marketplace, TDEC’s collaborative platform to facilitate the reuse of materials. Many of the respondents would like assistance with recycling certain materials. The Tennessee Materials Marketplace is a major tool for the recycling, reuse or return of discarded materials back into the economy.

2020

43% of respondents have non-hazardous byproducts that could have other uses. Impediments to this are a lack of recycling vendors and prohibitive costs for processing.

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46% of respondents have non-hazardous byproducts that could have other uses. Impediments to this are a lack of recycling vendors and prohibitive costs for processing and transportation. 

2020

39% would like assistance with finding a beneficial end-use of material discards. Lack of partners, low quantities and materials unique to particular manufacturing processes were the major impediments. The Office of Policy and Sustainable Practices will be in direct contact with each of these respondents to offer further assistance.

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46% would like assistance with finding a beneficial end-use of material discards. Lack of partners, low quantities, and materials unique to particular manufacturing processes were the major impediments. OPSP will be in direct contact with each of these respondents to offer further assistance. 

2020

Only 30% participate in any demand response programs for energy use curtailment and management during peak energy use times.

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Only 25% of responding facilities participate in any demand response programs for energy use curtailment and management during peak energy use times. 

2020

The most popular energy reduction project was lighting upgrades at 91%. Low impact design and energy efficient equipment and practices are implemented by over 50%.

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The most popular energy reduction project was lighting upgrades with 96% of facilities indicating that they have upgraded lighting. Other energy efficient equipment and practices are implemented by over 50%.

2020

The Tennessee 3 Star Industrial Assessment Center offers very in-depth energy audits at no cost. Our office is referring those respondents that are interested to the IAC program.

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The Tennessee 3 Star Industrial Assessment Center offers in-depth energy audits at no cost. OPSP plans to refer the 37% of respondents interested in energy audits to the IAC program

2020

Over 80% of respondents report toxic releases to the U.S. EPA.

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Over 80% of respondents report toxic releases to the U.S. EPA.

2020

For over 50% of respondents the primary barrier to pollution reduction for your TRI reportable chemicals is that there are no known substitutes. An encouraging statistic is that over 40% have attempted reductions and substitutions to a point that concern for product quality and economic feasibility are the main barriers.

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For nearly 50% of respondents, the primary barrier to pollution reduction of TRI reportable chemicals is that there are no known substitutes. An encouraging statistic from the survey is that over 36% have attempted reductions and substitutions to a point that concern for product quality and economic feasibility are the main barriers. 

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