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Sustainable Energy

Tackle energy use the smart way: Strategic Energy Management

As energy demand has grown exponentially over the past few centuries, so have carbon emissions and their concentration in our atmosphere. Globally, energy-related carbon emissions account for two-thirds of all greenhouse gas emissions.

Wherever your company is on the sustainability journey, there’s no doubt you’ve already considered energy initiatives to reduce the growth in your energy consumption and carbon emissions. For good reason; the environmental and business benefits are well established, and policies to support company efforts have been around for years.

Whether you are just getting started, or have been investing in energy efficiency and clean energy for years, there is a lot to learn from how leading companies are structuring their sustainable energy strategies for long-term success. By going beyond one-off lighting upgrades and renewable projects to a comprehensive, strategic energy management program, your company can make energy sustainability part of its DNA — and achieve continuous improvement in energy and carbon performance.

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Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency is about doing more with less — tapping into your company’s full efficiency potential to cut down on how much energy it uses, not to mention how much it spends on its utility bill. Explore guidance by system or sector, plus resources on how to conduct energy assessments and audits to determine where your company’s largest energy expenditures are — and what you can do about them.

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Renewable Energy

Making renewable energy part of your company’s energy mix can help you drastically reduce your carbon footprint and manage energy-related risks to your business. Explore resources on procuring green power, whether you’re purchasing or generating your own.

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Strategic Energy Management

Are your energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives coordinated and aligned to maximize cost-effective energy procurement decisions? Is your organization structured to quickly respond and finance sustainable energy opportunities as they arise? Are your sustainability goals and business goals in sync? If you’re not employing a comprehensive, strategic approach to energy management, chances are you’re missing opportunities to drastically reduce your company’s energy-related emissions. The organizational change resources highlighted here — like ISO 50001 — can help you shift from a piecemeal approach to your sustainable energy transition, to more strategic energy management that is truly part of your DNA.

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Hands On Help

Over the last decade, EDF Climate Corps has worked with over 400 companies to accelerate energy management solutions, both in their own operations and across their supply chains. No matter where you’re at on your energy journey, EDF Climate Corps fellows — specially trained, custom-matched graduate students — can bring in fresh ideas and a new perspective to your team. Explore resources developed by the program, including case studies of energy management projects implemented by past fellows.

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Measuring & Reporting

Using best practices, standards and protocols for the evaluation, measurement, and verification (EM&V) and reporting of sustainable energy activities is critical to achieving results with greater certainty, understanding and communicating progress, and making future activities more effective. Find tools here that will help you align your measurement and reporting to best practices.

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Stakeholder Engagement

Your energy management plan may begin with your own operations, but tackling your full energy-related emissions can’t be achieved without up- and downstream supplier engagement. Learn how to expand your influence in a low-carbon economy and achieve ambitious emission reduction goals through supply chain strategies.

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While voluntary corporate actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are important, only public policy can deliver the pace and scale of reductions needed to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. That’s why policy advocacy is an essential element of corporate sustainability leadership. Companies can make a difference by supporting policies that drive down greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality, unleash innovation and accelerate the transition to a low-carbon energy system.

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Business Case

Companies investing in sustainable energy experience multiple benefits to their business. Explore case studies on companies that have achieved financial and non-financial gains on top of environmental ones to help you build the business case for stepping up your own company’s energy management strategy.

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How much could you save with energy management?

Case studies have demonstrated the clear business value of energy management systems such as ISO 50001, showing energy performance improvements of 10 percent and more, with most of the improvement coming from low or no cost operational improvements.

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Pathways to net-zero: A guide for business

A new report from EDF+Business, with analytical and research support from Deloitte Consulting, LLP, provides specific recommendations for the transportation and agriculture sectors, and for the retail and technology industries. It also includes a roadmap with detailed action items that companies, industries and sub-sectors can take today relative to their own operations, investments, coordination and advocacy to drive meaningful change, fast.



The business case for sustainable e-commerce

How people shop is changing. Creating a transparent online marketplace that offers safe and sustainable products is critical.



Incentivizing suppliers around climate

Hear about Walmart's two-pronged strategy of incentivization and empowerment in engaging suppliers.



Carbon credit guidance for buyers

Learn about the six quality objectives that buyers can use to ensure they are purchasing high quality carbon credits.



Webinar: setting science-based targets

Kealy Herman, WSP, discusses how to ensure that your corporate targets are aligned with current climate science and how to determine which approach is right for your organization.



Supply chain leadership ladder 2.0

The Supply Chain Leadership Ladder is a maturity model that BSR has developed for companies to evaluate and evolve their approach to supply chain sustainability.



Webinar: quantifying scope 3 emissions

Theresa Eberhardt, EDF, discusses how to transition from goal-setting to implementation when quantifying your scope 3 emissions.



Webinar: how business is taking on climate change

AT&T and the DOE's Argonne National Laboratory discuss the Climate Change Analysis Tool, which enables AT&T to visualize the impacts of climate change on business operations 30 years into the future.



Retail supplier resources: product design and use

A collection of resources on product design and use.



Webinar: the supply chain leadership ladder

This webinar will introduce you to the Supply Chain Leadership Ladder, a maturity model that BSR has developed for companies to evaluate and evolve their approach to supply chain sustainability.



The Sustainability Journey

Get your company started on the sustainability journey here! From overviews and introductions to advocating for policy, and everything in between, this is where you should start.



Sustainable energy 101: introduction

By going beyond one-off lighting upgrades and renewable projects to a comprehensive, strategic energy management program, your company can make energy sustainability part of its DNA.



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