Waste not, want not

Energy and resource expert Niall Enright explains why efficiency efforts can sometimes flounder

There are some compelling reasons to implement energy and resource efficiency programmes. For most organisations, there is significant value to be unlocked. This value is often expressed in financial terms, but can also be described in terms of competitive advantage, a continuing licence to operate, enhanced brand value, or a greater ability to deliver service to stakeholders.

Resource inefficiency also represents a major threat to our survival. Society’s demand for improvement is bringing about rapid change, which we can either shape actively or observe passively. To be a winner we need to engage with this change and use it to competitive advantage. Finally, there is a moral imperative to be efficient.

Organisations are not islands; they have obligations to many stakeholders, not just in the present but also in the future. Day by day it seems that more organisations are appreciating these facts and responding vigorously to the risks and opportunities of energy and resource efficiency. If one were to examine what many of the world’s largest corporations are saying, one would be forgiven for thinking that the problem is solved.

The reality

Unfortunately, this is not the case. Despite self-congratulatory case studies to the contrary, the reality ...

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