Energy Manager

Increased corporate interest in efficiency, but limited action

According to the second annual Johnson Controls Energy Efficiency Indicator survey, nearly three-quarters (72 per cent) of organizations are paying more attention to energy efficiency than they were just a year ago. However, the percentage of companies expecting to make energy efficiency improvements, as well as their planned investment over the next year, has remained constant.

In this year’s survey, 80 per cent of respondents believe that natural gas and electricity prices will rise an additional 13.79 per cent over the next year.

The most significant growth in energy efficiency measures included replacing inefficient equipment before the end of its useful life (41 per cent, up 13 per cent from 2007) and switching to energy efficient lighting (78 per cent, up 11 per cent). Also, 88 per cent claim that energy efficiency is a design priority in construction and retrofit projects, up 11 per cent from just a year ago.

Nearly 40 per cent believe it is extremely or very likely that, within the next two years, legislation will mandate energy efficiency and/or carbon reduction. Nearly one-third (31 per cent) believe that green buildings will be extremely or very important in attracting and retaining future employees.

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April 24, 2008  By  Rob Colman

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