At Danos, we define environmental stewardship as efforts taken to sustain and preserve the natural environment as well as actions to reduce or mitigate impacts to the environment. This can include shifts to renewable sources of energy, increased efficiencies to reduce environmental impact or other steps deliberately taken to protect and preserve natural resources.
Danos’ commitment to preserving and protecting the environment is a natural extension of the company’s purpose, “to solve big challenges for its customers and communities.” Danos sees a great opportunity to leverage its expertise and competencies to help its customers meet today’s energy demands without compromising the environment for tomorrow. The company’s goal is to reduce its carbon footprint while supporting customers as they strive to meet global environmental standards. To that end, Danos has identified three key pillars of focus regarding the environment, in which it will act both independently and in partnership with customers:
- Protect, preserve and restore the natural environment.
- Reduce the environmental impact of Danos’ operations.
- Support renewable energy business opportunities.
Danos is leading the way in wetlands and coastal environmental restoration and protection through several key initiatives:
- Danos recently embarked on a collaborative partnership with 3D-printing technology partner Natrx to impact coastal resiliency and restoration by designing, manufacturing and installing innovative nature-based infrastructure solutions that reduce carbon emissions. The revolutionary process cuts material usage by up to 70%, generates up to 300% higher protective biomass and increases habitat by 650% per linear foot of infrastructure vs. rock or solid concrete structure. The companies’ first joint project involved the placement of “Cajun Coral,” an innovative 3D-printed infrastructure, to establish a new reef in Catfish Lake, part of the Golden Meadow marshland area. The installation will provide more substantial protection from erosion for this vital coastal wetland and home to a growing population of oysters and other sea life.
- Danos and Natrx have signed a letter of intent to partner on coastal issues; have a queue of projects where they will deploy a variety of nature-based technologies; and are discussing arrangements for Danos to have exclusive rights to manufacture Natrx’s proprietary Oysterbreak technology in Louisiana.
Danos actively participates in various wetland conservation groups, including Partnership for our Working Coast (POWC), Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, Coastal Conservation Association, Louisiana Sea Grant, Restore or Retreat, and the LSU College of the Coast and Environment. As a member of (POWC), an alliance of industry and environmental entities led by the Water Institute of the Gulf, Danos supports efforts to protect vital infrastructure in Port Fourchon. With planned improvements to the Port expected to produce millions of cubic yards of dredged materials, POWC is dedicated to identifying the most beneficial ways to use this material to contribute to Louisiana’s coastal sustainability efforts, protect coastal communities and support America’s Working Coast.
Industry Environmental Impact
Reducing environmental impact is a top priority for Danos and its customers, several of whom have set goals to become carbon neutral within the next 20 to 30 years. Danos is committed to sustaining and preserving our natural environment and is leveraging proprietary technology solutions to meet the challenge. By utilizing technology-based solutions such as iCAN, computer-based training (CBT) and virtual reality (VR), Danos expects to reduce its carbon footprint by more than 200 metric tons over the next 10 years.
- iCAN Technologies LLC is Danos’ exclusive provider for competency assessments. The computer-based assessments use 3D-modeling technology, VR and augmented reality to deliver hands-on learning in an immersive real-world atmosphere. The CBTs improve training outcomes while substantially decreasing or eliminating travel time, fuel usage and emissions, resulting in a notable carbon footprint reduction. For example, by eliminating just 10 offshore flights, the carbon footprint can be reduced by more than 22,000 metric tons. And utilizing CBT courses instead of in-person courses can lower the carbon footprint by 243 metric tons annually.
- Danos is helping customers achieve greater efficiency in their materials management operations through its i2ms intelligent integrated materials solution. By providing accurate, visible and up-to-date information, this technology solution enables businesses to manage stock levels better, optimize resources and avoid unnecessary costs and waste. These more sustainable practices allow customers to reduce warehouse space, monitor machine utilization, and handle repairs, preservation, fleet, and quality management while enabling just-in-time inventory with the zero-inventory mindset. This adds up to a smaller footprint, decreased carbon emissions, money savings and increased utilization.
Danos employs technology solutions to increase customers’ efficiency:
- Scaffolding Software Increases Efficiency
- Danos Drones: Technology Initiative in Action
- Construction Completes Coastal Restoration Project
- Coatings Solve Challenges with Technology
- Technology Focus: Total Station
Danos’ Environmental Impact
In addition to its drive for greater efficiency through innovative technology solutions, Danos has taken action to reduce its environmental impact. This includes reducing vehicle commuting and fuel consumption for employees, incorporating responsible, low-impact supplies and materials at its facilities, and using recycled products whenever possible.
The construction of Danos’ headquarters in Gray, Louisiana, in 2015 was the result of careful planning and consideration. The design met many LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards, including LED lighting, low-flow restrooms, lighting sensors and high SEER-rated mechanical systems. Natural elements were incorporated throughout the facility, from natural light to reclaimed wood and other materials responsibly sourced 30-miles from the site. Low volatile organic compound paints were used during construction, which included careful management of waste and recycling.
Danos is tackling carbon emissions from its fleet of vehicles and equipment by partnering with Derive Efficiency to reduce fuel consumption. Using engine calibration software reduced idle RPM and resulted in a savings of 2.95 metric tons of carbon dioxide per vehicle per year. This adds up to 1,178 total metric tons removed across the fleet each year, or the equivalent of eliminating 7% of Danos’ entire fleet.
Danos implemented a hybrid work schedule for staff employees that includes work from home and the office. The reduction in commute time has lowered the company’s carbon footprint by about 282 metric tons annually. In addition, Danos provides daily meals for headquarter employees at its in-house cafeteria, thereby reducing the time and energy employees would spend going out to get meals.
The Renewables share of the market is rapidly increasing, and many Danos customers are actively exploring these green technologies. The energy transition will pose many opportunities for the industry, and Danos is embracing its role in reaching carbon neutrality.
- Danos recently formed Danos Ventures, a separate entity whose objective is to identify, analyze and pursue renewables and traditional energy opportunities. The group, led by Owner Eric Danos, will build a diverse portfolio of energy-related companies.
- Danos partnered with graduate students from Tulane University’s Energy Institute to research and analyze the renewable energy sector to identify points of entry that will provide the greatest impact for Danos’ customers and the community.
- One area where renewables are already having an impact is the Permian Basin, where the landscape now includes windmills and solar grids alongside pump jacks. Thanks to its strong presence in the area and industry expertise, Danos is well-positioned to support energy companies moving into the solar energy market. In addition to routine maintenance and inspections, Danos’ team in the Permian provides construction services and power monitoring for solar energy projects in the region.
Not only is greater investment in renewable energy good for the environment, but it is also a great business opportunity. Energy demand is expected to continue growing. Meeting that demand will require a mix of traditional and renewable energy sources so that communities can continue to grow and expand without compromising the health of the environment. Danos is committed to supporting its customers as they lead the way toward a lower-carbon future.