The Cleanest & Cheapest Energy is that which is not used.
Reducing energy consumption not only addresses the climate crisis it also reduces ongoing energy costs making organisations more resilient to economic hard times and future legislative action on climate change by governments. It is not uncommon for energy efficiency opportunities to deliver investment returns far greater than business as usual activities and hence should be a simple decision to implement.
There are many energy efficient processes and technologies available today that can greatly reduce the consumption of energy within a business. An example is the use of artificial intelligence with LED lighting. However even with these methods and technologies available the continued growth and thirst for new technologies continues to outweigh the reductions being achieved; and energy consumption continues to grow.
The first step in reducing energy consumption is to develop an organisational culture that understands and appreciates the benefits of energy efficiency. To gain an understanding of the opportunities that are available organisations can undertake studies such as energy audits and marginal abatement cost assessments.
For small organisations sometimes the cost of generating the required data to understand the benefits of energy efficiency can be prohibitive. The Carbon Reduction Institute aims to assist smaller organisations to take action by providing some tips and hints on how to think about efficiency, and case studies that show the benefit of various technologies (Read More – Energy Efficiency for Smaller Organisation)