From factory floors to corporate boardrooms, energy efficiency is top of mind for a growing number of businesses and their employees. Leading companies are pioneering new energy efficiency strategies that result in greater productivity, robust financial savings, and a lower carbon footprint. Today, we released a major study  that examines key practices of a diverse collection of corporations at the vanguard of innovative energy efficiency solutions.
The report, From Shop Floor to Top Floor: Best Business Practices in Energy Efficiency, features insights from detailed research and analysis collected over nearly two years. The study represents the centerpiece of our Corporate Energy Efficiency Conference  next week in Chicago.
Findings of the report were gathered from work  including a detailed survey of our Business Environmental Leadership Council  (BELC) members and other leading companies, in-depth case studies of six companies, a series of workshops on key energy efficiency topics, broader research in the corporate energy field, and development of a full-featured Web portal . The web component serves as a “living document” for highlighting and updating key findings from the project as well as providing tools, resources, and other valuable information.
Our President Eileen Claussen  said the report, “reveals a number of encouraging benefits for companies that get serious about energy efficiency. These include improved corporate reputation, productivity increases, and better worker morale and employee retention.”
Claussen led a teleconference  today announcing the study and was joined by report author William Prindle  of ICF International and executives from United Technologies Corporation  (think helicopters and space suits) and PepsiCo  (soda and chips). The energy efficiency practices of these very different firms, along with those of Dow Chemical Company , IBM , Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America, Inc.,  and Best Buy , were analyzed in depth as case studies for the report.
Other key sections of the report  include:
Check back for energy efficiency insights that we blog about from next week’s conference.
Tom Steinfeldt is Communications Manager