Sunday, June 30, 2013

Energy efficiency & competitive secrets

Sunday, June 30, 2013
Voluntarily 20 per cent by 2020, in the context of a challenge that initiated by President Barack Obama reduce several Presidents energy consumption. But that is not the big deal.

The great thing is that they have agreed to, publicly disclose how they do it.

Factories, data centers, shops and other large energy consumers resist often manifested their energy-efficiency strategies. After all energy saving reduces the costs of doing business and gives them a competitive advantage. Through the exchange of information, tip them out the contest for better practices.

Through the exchange of information not, forcing other new wheel - invent if she ever - slowing it so US invent progress in achieving the national energy productivity targets to improve the economy.

"The real goal is to find out who is leading in the area and how we learn their learning and quickly replicate their activities on the market," said Maria Vargas, Director of the better building challenge at the U.S. Department of energy.

Vargas described the Obama strategy on the Northeast energy efficiency partnerships (NEEP) annual Summit, an event that drew more than 300 people in Springfield, Massachusetts on June 18-19.

"I have kids, and they see a show called Myth Busters. So the way I think about the better corporate challenge as 'Barrier-Busters', "she said.

Some who can participating in the program have pursued for a decade or more energy efficiency, bust a lot of myths and offer extensive advice. Redirected are two examples where the participants offered useful strategy or technique.

Kohl's was interested in the pursuit of energy efficiency for years, but the energy team could not convince the Department of chief financial officer. It was largely a communications problem, told Vargas.

"CFO held search according to various criteria, as she had. Finally said "this is crazy, we speak different languages, literally," 'she said.

Kohl's someone then added to from the CFO Office at the energy team. This changed everything. "Suddenly, they move to another country, and they are forced to speak the language," she said.

As a result, is Kohl's "very much move way to see an energy efficiency and enormous savings in their portfolio," she said.

Vargas also tells the story of the HEI hotels & resorts, owner of the Hilton, Marriott, Westin and other hotels. The company has developed a "simple but challenging" energy dashboard. "It was very decency," she said.

"" But after getting a direct request from Obama, said Kohl's CEO: "" asking me to share, and I'll share. "" Vargas, said. "They have."

But ultimately the Federal Vargas as to innovation for communities, cities and States--the real launch pad for an energy efficiency revolution to increase programme.

"" "I firmly believe that all policies, all success, all life is local," she said "anyone can tell the Department of energy, what to do, and people are like,"that's nice to pass the muffins.""

NEEP, host of the Conference where Vargas said, works most active regions for energy efficiency within a country. In line with the idea that it will help to get information about successful companies out there NEEP announced several guide environmental award. Videos or written profiles are available through the energy efficiency efforts of 12 companies and organizations.

The year's winners were American University, Atlas & packaging packaging factory, Anheuser-Busch (New Hampshire and New York), the health, Boehringer Ingelheim, Boston College, Cape Cod linen service, Covidien, ESPN, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, and Woodstock Inn station and Brewery.

ELISA Wood is a long-time energy writer, CNN, the New York Times, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal online and the Washington Post whose work has been picked. Sign up for her free newsletter, energy efficiency business customers,

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