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There is more pressure than ever for companies to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and control energy costs, and there are more potential paths than ever that companies can take to improving their sustainability performance.
So, which sustainability initiatives are perceived to yield the optimum combination of environmental and economic benefit? And why are there often significant gaps between the choices that often get made versus the paths with the greatest combined benefits?
We set out to answer those questions and others in a recent survey of corporate sustainability, climate change and environmental management professionals in North America. It was conducted in March by Nima Hunter, with support from the sustainability and environmental services firms Cameron-Cole and WSource Group.
The results (downloadable at the Cameron-Cole link) confirm that many corporate sustainability executives believe comprehensive energy-efficiency retrofits of existing buildings represent the most effective way to reduce emissions and reduce operating costs. Despite this apparent consensus, a significant gap exists between the perceived economic and environmental effectiveness of comprehensive energy efficiency retrofits and their implementation.