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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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Sustainable Energy Resources

Looking for solutions that are uniquely relevant to you and your company? Here you can filter by resource title, date, type. Below (left) you can filter by narrowing categories and sub-categories, as well as where each resource sits within different levels of the sustainability journey.

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Project Gigaton resources: product design and use

A collection of resources on product design and use. This page was curated with companies engaged with Walmart's Project Gigaton initiative, but these resources may be helpful to anyone interested in the topic.



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.



Sustainable energy 101: problem & opportunities

Gaining an understanding of the issues surrounding energy and environmental sustainability is the first step in reducing your company’s carbon footprint.



Sustainable energy 101: get informed - strategies

Companies embarking on energy management have two main strategies at their disposal: energy efficiency and renewable energy.



Sustainable energy 101: understand the landscape

When reducing your company’s carbon footprint, there are many stakeholders — both inside and outside of your company — that you may need or want to engage.



Assess impact & opportunity: energy

Identifying opportunities to save money and reduce energy-related GHG emissions requires gaining a detailed understanding of your company’s energy demand and supply. Learn how.



Establish objectives & metrics: energy

Learn how to set baselines, determine your significant energy uses, and select key performance indicators to measure progress towards your sustainable energy goals.



Carbon accounting 101

A guide to corporate carbon accounting, including definitions of scopes 1, 2 and 3 emissions, companies that have set scope 3 goals, and initiatives you can turn to for help doing the same.



We Mean Business coalition

A coalition that is catalyzing business action and driving policy ambition to accelerate the zero-carbon transition.



EPA Center for Corporate Climate Leadership

EPA's Center for Corporate Climate Leadership serves as a resource center for all organizations looking to expand their work in the area of greenhouse gas (GHG) measurement and management.



Amazon shipping a tipping point for electric fleet

While many packages delivered daily on my street likely were purchased from Amazon, it's less common (right now) that those goods arrive in one of the e-commerce company's own vehicles.



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