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Energy issues continue to rise

!5 June 2012

Energy management is rising in importance for businesses, being “extremely” or “very important” for 85 per cent of respondents to a new global survey.


The issue has increased from 70 per cent of respondents in 2011 and 60 per cent in 2010, according to the 2012 Energy Efficiency Indicator, the survey from the Institute for Building Efficiency, a Johnson Controls initiative run through its US offices.

Over 60 per cent of respondents said their organisations are investing in energy efficiency and over a third of them reported investing in renewable energy projects.

By region, the United States and Canada have the largest proportion of organisations investing in energy efficiency and the smallest proportion investing in renewables.

Different regions had different expectations about the type of on-site technologies that will show the greatest increase in market adoption over the next decade. Globally, the top three technologies were: lighting technology (37 per cent), smart building technology (29 per cent) and advanced building materials (26 per cent).

Solar photo-voltaic or solar thermal technologies appeared in the top three of every region outside the United States and Canada.

Organisations in the industrial and commercial sectors continue to set internal and public reduction goals for energy and carbon: 80 per cent of industrial and 72 per cent of commercial organisations set goals for cutting energy, while 72 per cent of industrial and 63 per cent of commercial organisations set goals for carbon reduction.

Respondents reported their organisations took a wide variety of energy efficiency actions in the past year, with 96 per cent reported undertaking at least one improvement action.

The most common actions taken were lighting upgrades (69 per cent), improvements to heating, ventilation and air-conditioning plant (61 per cent) and water efficiency actions (50 per cent).

A quarter of respondents were willing to pay a premium for space in a certified green building but only 7 per dent of respondents had a corporate policy to lease space only in a certified green building.

However, 24 per cent of respondents would refurbish to above code standards to ensure energy savings.

The survey was conducted anonymously, on-line, during five weeks in March and April 2012. The 3,479 respondents were in six regions – US/Canada, Brazil, Europe, China, India, Australia.

Respondents either had budget responsibility for their organisations’ facilities or their job duties included reviewing or monitoring energy use, including proposing or approving energy efficiency initiatives.

The full survey is available from the Institute for Building Efficiency.