Unlocking the Benefits of Energy Efficiency: An Executive Dilemma

This EIU paper reviews the importance of implementing initiatives that reduce energy consumption or use energy more efficiently within business today and executive attitudes towards this issue.


Key Findings:

  • Almost half of respondents (49%) say that in the past three years, energy efficiency programmes have improved their company’s bottom line.
  • While the cost-cutting angle is easily measurable, the intangible benefits to be gained from energy efficiency, while less easy to quantify, could be a significant source of business advantage.
  • There are risks, too, in holding back from implementing energy-efficiency initiatives.
  • Most businesses see energy efficiency becoming increasingly important, but are struggling with implementation.
  • Few businesses are looking to their suppliers in evaluating policies.
  • Not only do companies not rate their own performance highly, but there appears to be a notable disconnect between the perspective of the C-suite and less senior managers.

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