Only 5% of SMEs currently invest in sustainability and with cash-flow the priority, how to we protect the environment and make energy efficiency a priority for businesses?
Business parks offer enormous potential to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions. The Stichting Bedrijventerreinen Energiepositief (the association of energy-positive business parks), or BE+, therefore wants to make 250 of the 3,500 Dutch business parks sustainable without the cashflow of the individual businesses being compromised.
TNO has worked out that the sustainability approach will save some 32 PJ each year, or around 8 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) annually. The energy saving is coupled with an annual reduction of 3,000 CO2 kiloton emissions. The sustainable energy share will grow by 2.5 billion kWh. Furthermore, an additional 2,500 jobs are expected to be needed in the installation sector to modify the energy installations and infrastructure.
So why should businesses care? This workshop offers a deeper dive look led by TNO at the business park project, providing key insight on:
- Delivering a lower energy bill for businesses
- Investing in energy efficiency without the cashflow being impacted
- How to simplify process and make energy efficiency easy