The still photo cannot show the movement but this shot is of an airport up and down escalator operating with no customers. Fossil fuel energy waste adds cost, negatively impacts health, and hurts our environment. It is also a common occurrence in the U. S. that we have become numb to. Responsible stewardship should require us to do better with examples like this. The escalators serve a very good purpose when they are needed by facilitating easier customer travel and reducing potential injuries from falls, strains, etc. However, did anyone think about the many times during the day that nobody would be utilizing the escalator?
Look at your business processes to see if equipment is drawing energy when it is not needed. Consider implementing automated controls such as proximity sensors to operate the equipment only when it is needed. Learn more about managing energy efficiency at www. gundersenenvision.org/educational-programs.