|May 05, 2010|
The Seven Habits of Highly Efficient Companies
|Pew Center - Leading firms that
give greater attention to energy efficiency report billions of
dollars in savings and millions of tons of avoided greenhouse gas
emissions, according to the new report "From Shop Floor to Top
Floor: Best Business Practices in Energy Efficiency" from the Pew
Center on Global Climate Change.
This report stems from a historic shift in business leaders'
perceptions of energy and climate change|
issues. In the last decade, rising and volatile energy prices have converged with increasing concern about climate change and growing consumer support for action on energy and environmental issues to drive a surge of corporate environmental commitments. As companies have begun to act on these commitments, energy efficiency has emerged as a first-priority strategy. Accordingly, many companies have launched aggressive efficiency strategies, in many cases well beyond the scope and reach of earlier efforts.
This report documents these leading-edge energy efficiency strategies, distilling the best practices and providing guidance and resources for other businesses choosing this path. It was developed over nearly two years of effort from Pew Center on Global Climate Change staff, a project advisory committee, members of the Pew Center's Business Environmental Leadership Council (BELC),1 project consultants, and report authors.
The project encompassed a detailed survey of BELC members and other leading companies, in-depth case studies of six companies, a series of workshops on key energy efficiency topics, broader research in the corporate energy field, and development of a full-featured web portal to provide a platform for highlighting and updating key findings from the project as well as providing tools, resources, and other important information. The report covers efficiency strategies encompassing internal operations, supply chains, products and services, and cross-cutting issues.
On average, companies surveyed for this study
reported spending less than five percent of total revenues on
energy-even in today's relatively high cost energy
But when these companies calculate their carbon footprint, they
typically find that their energy consumption accounts for the great
majority of their directly measurable emissions impact. Suddenly,
energy shifts from a small cost item to the biggest piece of their
carbon footprint. Viewed from this perspective, energy efficiency
becomes a sustainability2 imperative.
To read the full report and six in-depth case studies, visit here.Source: www.pewclimate.org