Buildings account for 48% of energy consumption and present the single-greatest opportunity to cut carbon emissions and lower operating costs, especially as electricity prices continue to rise. A few immediate actions include:
1. Measuring. Track energy consumption across all facilities, e.g. electricity and natural gas. Compare energy bills to identify underperforming facilities.
2. Categorizing abatement opportunities. Operational changes like adjusted temperature settings require little investment and build awareness to change employee behavior. Engineered changes such as high efficiency HVAC systems require more initial investment but deliver a higher return in the long run.
3. Deploying projects in stages. Use financial savings from basic operational changes to deploy higher-impact, engineered changes later.
4. Maintaining the low-carbon diet. Manage and reduce carbon and greenhouse gas emissions and continue to track progress against sustainability goals.
These approaches will yield immediate, measurable results.
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