Pew Center for Global Climate Change produced this report ‘From Shop Floor to Top Floor: Best Business Practices in Energy Efficiency.” They did a 2 year research on some of the biggest companies to look at their best practices. Companies like Toyota, Dow Chemical, IBM, United Technologies Corp., PepsiCo and Best Buy. What these companies in common, among others is they include energy efficiency as part of the company culture.
A key finding of this report is that climate change has reframed corporate energy strategies. Companies that take carbon footprinting and reduction strategies quickly come to see their energy use in a whole new light. On average, companies surveyed for this study reported spending less than five percent of the total revenues on energy — even in today’s relatively high cost energy environment.
In addition to their success stories, these companies also conveyed the message about the challenges they face in developing and implementing efficiency strategies, such as lack of project funding, personnel and technical information.
In short, here is the 7 habits for the highly efficient companies (h/t Pew):
1. Efficiency is a core strategy.
2. Leadership and organizational support is real and sustained.
3. The company has SMART energy efficiency goals.
4. The strategy relies on a robust tracking and measurement system.
5. The organization put substantial resources into efficiency.
6.The energy efficiency strategy show demonstrated results.
7. The company effectively communicate efficiency results.
For short version of the reading, below. In-depth reading on best practices, check out Pew Center for Global Climate Change.