Research released today (21st July) by BRITA VIVREAU highlights the ways corporate businesses can reduce their energy consumption.
The study highlights that despite the fact that two-thirds of businesses are concerned about the high cost of energy use, 45% still allow equipment to remain on needlessly overnight, which the report terms “invisible waste”.
In response, the water dispenser manufacturer has launched its new Invisible Waste report, which provides businesses with tips on how they can cut energy waste.
The analysis also discloses that 65% of decision-makers do not know how much energy their equipment (sometimes referred to as ‘vampire appliances’) drains while in standby mode overnight.
Laptops, computers, printers, and air conditioners are all prime examples of equipment left on unnecessarily overnight, with 25% of staff letting these appliances go into standby mode. Alarmingly, 18% say it is easier to just leave them on, and 10% of businesses say there is no one responsible for turning it off – highlighting a lack of accountability.
The report states that perceived challenges to improving environmental impact for businesses include cost (66%), time (42%) and team resources (29%), but with 92% of decision-makers concerned about the rise in energy costs, it clearly is something that needs to be urgently addressed.
About 72% of decision-makers say they have goals and targets in place to decrease their energy use and overall environmental impact, yet 86% believe their business could be doing more to achieve this.
As office workers have returned to their desks post-Covid, energy consumption has risen again meaning that companies must consider how much energy they use and identify ways in which they can reduce this to lessen its effect on the environment and improve their corporate sustainability.
Chris Dagenais, general manager at BRITA VIVREAU UK, said: “With corporate businesses feeling the pressure to improve their sustainability in every way possible, they cannot ignore the impact of the waste they produce on the environment.”
“We’re aware of food and plastic waste, but what about the invisible waste that we cannot see, such as the volume of energy businesses consume each day and night unnecessarily? It’s vital that we collaborate with companies to tackle the sources of invisible waste. There are simple, energy-efficient steps to be taken that can contribute to real change.”