The 2013 Energy Efficiency Indicator, a global survey of more than 3,000 facilities professionals in 10 countries, indicates that interest in energy efficiency from global businesses is increasing.
The seventh annual survey of global building decision-makers shows interest in energy efficiency and the importance of energy management is growing, yet investment has not kept up. So what are the characteristics of successful organisations? Organisations with energy reduction goals are correlated with the 50% more efficiency and renewable energy measures than organisations without goals.
The survey also tracks key trends, the drivers for efficiency action, the barriers and funding issues faced in the market and the technology mix being deployed around the world.
“The findings in the Energy Efficiency Indicator Survey reinforce the notion that energy management does not happen by chance. To achieve high levels of energy efficiency clearly requires drive, focus, and commitment.”
He went on to say:
“I think there’s no surprise that organisations with a goal, especially with a public goal, will lead and drive energy reduction actions to be taken. It is a case of ‘putting your money where your mouth is’ which is very much a reputational driver which is very similar to what the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) originally set out to achieve and leverage on.”
The 2013 Energy Efficiency Indicator (EEI) study, conducted by the Johnson Controls Institute for Building Efficiency, analyses the energy efficiency technologies, practices and investments made by over 3000 executive decision-makers around the world. Conducted annually since 2006, this year’s respondents come from ten countries and a variety of commercial, industrial and institutional facilities (such as hospitals, schools, and government buildings).
In 2013, they present a special analysis of this year’s survey results taking a deep dive into the characteristics of organisations who are leading in energy efficiency investment and action. They review key trends regarding the importance of energy efficiency and energy management, the drivers for efficiency action, the barriers and funding issues faced in the market and the technology mix deploying around the world.
In 2013 they found that organizations that lead in investment, technology deployment, and pursuit of benefits beyond energy cost savings also have in place carbon or energy reduction goals. In summary organisations with publicly stated energy reduction goals:
- Implemented 50% more efficiency and renewable energy measures than organisations without goals.
- Are 2.7 times more likely to increase investments next year than other organisations.
- Adopted more energy management practices (such as frequently collecting and analysing energy usage data).
- Indicated they see brand value, property value and other co-benefits as drivers for efficiency and renewable energy beyond the energy costs savings.
- Two-thirds of organizations with public or internal energy reduction goals reported planning to pursue green certification or net zero buildings in the future.
In addition to the deep dive analysis and review of top efficiency performance characteristics, this year they focus on 5 key trends from the 2013 Energy Efficiency Indicator survey:
- Energy Management – there has been a global increase of 10% year over year in companies that are paying “a lot more attention” to energy efficiency.
- Motivations and Policy Priorities: Cost savings remain the number one driver for the sixth year of the EEI survey, but regional markets recognize other key drivers such as energy security, increased building asset value, and enhanced brand or public image. Policies that improve the economics of energy efficiency sought by all, but beyond incentives, regions see different policy opportunities in their unique markets.
- Lack of funding to pay for improvements remained the greatest barrier to pursuing more energy efficiency, but barriers differ by market, and technical capacity to evaluate performance remains a significant barrier.
- Among government energy efficiency policies, building decision-makers were most attracted to those aiming to reduce financial barriers to efficiency investments, but markets also saw building codes and appraisal standards as priority policies that could increase investment.
- Green tenant spaces and net zero energy buildings are emerging trends in building energy performance.
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