Cross-Cutting

Many corporate energy strategies cut across different aspects of a company’s operations, and are not easily placed in any single category. These cross-cutting issues are addressed in the resources below, which include presentations, reports and news on cross-cutting energy efficiency strategies, as well as links to other organizations and web sites working on this issue.

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Lack of federal legislation should not stop firms from reducing their greenhouse gas emissions. That’s because an effective energy and emissions reduction program sharpens a firm’s focus, is good for the bottom line, and provides other benefits. So says a new report by the Pew Center on Global Climate Change.
Ernst & Young commissioned an independent research organization to survey 300 global executives across 16 countries and 18 industries on their responses to climate change issues in 2010. Seventy percent of respondents said they will increase the amount of money they commit to climate initiatives over the next two years, with most of the money targeted at energy efficiency enhancements.
The PJM Interconnection said yesterday that it is counting on a record 8,525 megawatts in demand response commitments -- "negawatts" from customers who agree to reduce their power use on request -- to help meet expected peak electricity requirements this summer.
UNITED NATIONS -- At least $35 billion to $40 billion of annual investments will be required to link all people in the world with modern forms of energy by 2030, a goal that must be reached while reducing heat-trapping carbon dioxide emissions, a U.N. advisory group recommended yesterday.
The recipient of a recent $20 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Retrofit Ramp-Up initiative, the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA) has announced plans to use the money for a new program that will increase the energy efficiency of small and large residential, commercial and public buildings across the Southeast.
A panel discussion at a recent Fortune Brainstorm Green session resulted in a list of five key roadblocks to energy efficiency, reports Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). Panelists included Google’s Green Energy Czar Bill Weihl, and Gretchen Hancock, project manager for corporate environmental programs at GE.
Alliance to Save Energy's report "Scaling-Up Energy Efficiency Programs: The Measurement Challenge," examines the issues and challenges facing evaluation, measurement and verification (EM&V) for energy efficiency programs. It calls for the development of consistent EM&V methodologies to enhance the accuracy, reliability and credibility of energy-savings measurement and program evaluation as well as increased stakeholder participation in the process.
The World Economic Forum's report, "Energy Vision Update 2010: Towards a More Energy Efficient World" explores the importance of energy efficiency to meet the world’s energy demands. It discusses the role of investment-grade energy efficiency, consumer behaviour and technological innovation as key elements to develop an appropriate infrastructure for energy efficiency.
Climate Corps, an initiative by Environmental Defense Fund and Net Impact, embeds trained MBA students in companies to identify energy efficiency improvements that can cut costs and reduce emissions.
WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy have formed an action group to help states achieve the maximum cost-effective energy efficiency improvements possible in offices, buildings, industries and homes by 2020.
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Solar and wind power may get the headlines and attention, but green-tech experts say 2010 will be dominated by energy efficiency, the mundane but critical process of cutting the amount of gas and electricity that homes and offices use.
Companies are developing energy conservation strategies in offices and datacenters through a combination of energy efficient technologies and improved energy management programs.
Smart-grid technology has the potential to improve energy consumption and reduce costs for large companies. Some companies have already started benefiting from such technology.
Energy efficiency is increasingly incorporated into business strategies to reduce expenses and manage risk.
Energy Star’s Energy Management Program Assessment Matrix is a tool that can be used to quickly assess energy management practices in an organization. This can be used by senior executives to direct activity, and by companies to annually reassess their progress with energy efficiency.

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