The 2013 Energy Efficiency Indicator (EEI) study, conducted by the Johnson Controls Institute for Building Efficiency, analyzes the energy efficiency technologies, practices and investments made by over 3000 executive decision-makers around the world. Conducted annually since 2006, this year’s respondents come from ten countries and a variety of commercial, industrial and institutional facilities (such as hospitals, schools, and government buildings).
In 2013, we present a special analysis of this year’s survey results taking a deep dive into the characteristics of organizations who are leading in energy efficiency investment and action. Then we review key trends regarding the importance of energy efficiency and energy management, the drivers for efficiency action, the barriers and funding issues faced in the market and the technology mix deploying around the world.
In 2013 we found that organizations that lead in investment, technology deployment, and pursuit of benefits beyond energy cost savings also have in place carbon or energy reduction goals. In summary we find that organizations with publicly stated energy reduction goals:
Implemented 50% more efficiency and renewable energy measures than organizations without goals.
Are 2.7 times more likely to increase investments next year than other organizations.
Adopted more energy management practices (such as frequently collecting and analyzing energy usage data).
Indicated they see brand value, property value and other co-benefits as drivers for efficiency and renewable energy beyond the energy costs savings.
Two-thirds of organizations with public or internal energy reduction goals reported planning to pursue green certification or net zero buildings in the future.
In addition to the deep dive analysis and review of top efficiency performance characteristics, this year we focus on 5 key trends from the 2013 Energy Efficiency Indicator survey:
Energy Management - there has been a global increase of 10% year over year in companies that are paying “a lot more attention” to energy efficiency.
Motivations and Policy Priorities: Cost savings remain the number one driver for the sixth year of the EEI survey, but regional markets recognize other key drivers such as energy security, increased building asset value, and enhanced brand or public image. Policies that improve the economics of energy efficiency sought by all, but beyond incentives, regions see different policy opportunities in their unique markets.
Lack of funding to pay for improvements remained the greatest barrier to pursuing more energy efficiency, but barriers differ by market, and technical capacity to evaluate performance remains a significant barrier.
Among government energy efficiency policies, building decision-makers were most attracted to those aiming to reduce financial barriers to efficiency investments, but markets also saw building codes and appraisal standards as priority policies that could increase investment.
Green tenant spaces and net zero energy buildings are emerging trends in building energy performance.
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