Considering the fact that renewable energy solutions are only now starting to garner mainstream appeal in the business community, it can be difficult for business leaders thinking about procuring alternative energy systems to find examples to use as a blueprint for their own green initiatives. That being said, there are a number of organizations forging a path that can be useful for business leaders to model their own green initiatives. Some of the leading eco-friendly businesses today are enjoying a number of benefits. Sustainable initiatives can help businesses cut energy costs while increasing revenue by attracting like-minded consumers. In addition, many of these businesses are bolstering their brand image as pioneering global citizens.
By following in the footsteps of other organizations that have successfully launched green initiatives, business leaders interested in developing their own renewable strategy can make educated decisions on how best to introduce alternative energy systems within their facilities, bolstering their bottom line while simultaneously improving the world around them.
Here are three examples of businesses pioneering a path for successful renewable integration.
Google: The Internet giant has stated that its goal is to power 100 percent of its operations with clean energy by the end of 2017. There are a number of ways that the organization is making strides to achieve that vision. For starters, Google installs solar panels at most of its facilities. In addition, the company purchases clean electricity from wind and solar farms equivalent to its non-renewable consumption, neutralizing its carbon footprint. Google has also invested $2.5 billion in renewable energy facilities which have produced electricity equivalent to the amount that could power over 1 million homes in the United States.
IKEA: IKEA is one of the world’s largest retailers and it has one of the most progressive energy policies. By 2020, the company will produce as much renewable energy at it consumes, thanks to the installation of 700,000 solar panels on its buildings worldwide. Ikea has also invested in 314 offsite wind turbines in the last seven years. The organization is even making it convenient for customers to reduce their own carbon footprint. All locations now sell energy-efficient LED lighting to entice customers to reduce consumption at home. They’ve also rolled out a beta program for electric vehicle charging stations—IKEA has installed rapid charging stations for electric vehicles at every store location in the United Kingdom. If the program proves successful, charging stations may soon be installed at locations in the United States as well.
Mohegan Sun Casino: You wouldn’t think that casinos would be making some of the largest strides in energy efficiency, but a new resort being built in Massachusetts by the Connecticut-based Mohegan Sun is poised to become the gold standard for sustainability. The facility—which will qualify as a LEED Gold project—will have a solar array capable of saving 800 tons of carbon dioxide every year. The casino will be equipped with an on-site gas-fired co-generation plant, which will produce both electricity and heat, to offset power grid demand as well as a food waste recycling program that will create electricity from biogas as the food waste decomposes. Cutting-edge drainage systems and fixtures are poised to reduce water consumption by 30 percent and the casino will even have a greenhouse to grow food for its restaurants locally — reducing the carbon footprint affiliated with ingredient sourcing and transport.
While every business has different needs and capabilities, there are clearly ways to get involved in the green revolution. Check out ConEdison Solutions to learn more about the renewable energy systems and energy services your business can leverage to cut costs, conserve energy and preserve the environment.