energy managers from both the commercial and civil sectors
The Corporate Energy Report (years) is an internationally accepted benchmarking study that reports on the progress of energy efficiency throughout various sectors of the global economy. Each year, an independent and objective organisation completes this rigorous survey in order to reveal the progress of energy efficiency across organisations. This report presents the findings of the survey in easy to understand language, making it a useful tool for business executives and policy-makers to consider when making decisions about improving the effectiveness of their organisation’s energy efficiency policies and programmes. The Corporate Energy Report is a joint project of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the European Union (EU), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the International Trade Organization (ITO). Corporate Energy Series # 2021 is going to unite energy managers from both the commercial and civil sectors with energy specialists from non-governmental organisations and the Green Globe Society.
From the outset, the aim of the Corporate Energy Report was to gather together data and stories from a wide range of stakeholders to provide an objective and impartial overview of current energy management practice and its impact on the environment. An overwhelming majority of survey respondents agreed that their organisation had limited or no long-term strategy for energy management, with only a small proportion saying their organisation had a comprehensive plan in place. Respondents also said that despite officialdom attempts to improve the quality of management, little progress had been made to improve the sustainability of the overall system. While a number of respondents expressed optimism about the future of energy management in their organisation, many were less optimistic, reporting that improvements were slow to be noticed and that sustained effort would be required to maintain current levels of achievement.
organization had little or no action plan
Among the most pressing issues tackled by the participants in the Corporate Energy Report were climate change and energy sustainability. Over half of all those surveyed thought that their organization had little or no action plan in place to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the vast majority were actively involved in one way or another in trying to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Respondents also said that, despite officialdom efforts, their organisation was not able to take firm steps to implement a carbon neutral organisation, despite the fact that this was one of the key issues raised in the report. This lack of activity represented a significant gap in the level of ambition shown by stakeholders.
Across the globe, responses to the Corporate Energy Report reflected a significant lack of understanding about how the world’s increasing population and dependence on fossil fuels could affect the organisation’s position in the economic and political power structure. Most of the executives surveyed did not believe that their organisation was at risk of being negatively impacted by climate change and the majority of the executives said they did not expect a major effect on their businesses through climate change induced changes in the global energy markets. The responses of the multinational companies also highlighted a clear division between industrial and commercial business and domestic and government business. Very few of the largest corporations acknowledged the potential impact of climate change on their activities, although it was found that a small proportion of these considered that the effect would be minimal.
energy consumption are both threatening sustainability
Despite clear evidence that climate change and energy consumption are both threatening sustainability, progress is being made. As mentioned in the previous Pandemic Report the main areas for improvement identified were the corporate structures, policies and objectives, and corporate communication and sustainability. It was found that many of the areas were poorly aligned and therefore there was limited scope for improvement. In addition to the major policy initiatives, most of the suggestions in the Pandemic Report and the progress report were not being put into practice due to a lack of support from senior management.
One of the key recommendations in the Pandemic Report was that an independent energy specialist should be hired to oversee the implementation of strategies to achieve greater sustainability targets across the board. Another recommendation was that a company should develop a dedicated strategy team to manage its energy supply. The company should also develop and implement new and specific workplace and activity designs to reduce its energy demand. The strategic objectives should include reducing energy demand by 40% by the year 2021. To achieve these strategies, the company should develop and maintain comprehensive plans that integrate all of the corporate objectives, integrate its suppliers, and integrate the suppliers’ plans with its own.