100

Locations Nationwide

Atlas provides professional testing, inspection, environmental and consulting services in 100+ locations nationwide

34

Of Revenue

in 2021 Q2 was generated from Atlas' environmental solutions services

20%

CAGR Increase

in total revenue, 2016 - 2021

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The Path to Drawdown: Water Distribution

Water utilities are among the largest consumers of electricity globally, corresponding to about 1% of total electricity use. Up to 80% of that energy is used for pumping water alone. But ~35% of that water is wasted in the distribution network through pipe leakage, meter error, and unauthorized consumption. This dramatically reduces the supply of water over time and produces unnecessary emissions.

Two major water efficiency solutions already exist that can minimize this leakage: pressure management and active leak detection. Pressure management involves installing pressure valves at water inlets and outlets to better monitor the flow of water and pressures, and leads to reductions in pipe bursts and leaks from broken pipes. While addressing leaks takes financial investment, it’s the cheapest way to source new supply. These strategies also serve growing urban populations and reduce GHG emissions.

Project Drawdown estimates that, if 38-47% of the global water distribution network can adopt pressure management and leak detection solutions, they can reduce CO2e emissions by 0.66 - 0.94 gigatons between 2020 and 2050. That’s an emissions cut equivalent to taking close to 204.5 million passenger vehicles off the road for one year.

What We Want to See Improve

Steer Petroleum Clients Toward Zero-Emission Energy

Atlas discloses (p. 2) that they provide solutions for national retail petroleum clients, alongside renewable energy projects. We wonder if Atlas can steer their petroleum sector clients toward building clean and renewable energy generation capacity. As fossil fuels become less economically attractive, it will make more sense for high-emitting power companies to transition to zero-emission sources. 

Disclose Absolute Emissions

Atlas provides their Sustainability Accounting Standards Board disclosure, but it doesn't include exact metrics on their absolute greenhouse gas emissions. We urge them to do so in the near future so that investors can accurately assess their carbon footprint.

Procure Clean Energy

Atlas operates out of ~140 leased locations (p. 9) across the United States. Switching to clean and renewable energy to power these offices would greatly reduce Atlas's emissions. 

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Xylem (XYL)

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0.40%

Watts Water Technologies, Inc. (WTS)

Watts Water Technologies conserves the flow of water and energy in residential and commercial buildings. Water distribution efficiency helps cut emissions

0.23%

Itron (ITRI)

Itron makes control devices that measure and analyze electricity, gas and water consumption. Efficient water distribution can cut energy use and emissions

0.19%

Badger Meter (BMI)

Badger makes smart metering technologies that allow customers to measure and control water flow. Their solutions enhance water efficiency and reduce emissions

0.02%

Atlas Technical Consultants, Inc. (ATCX)

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