Financing, transitioning to digital, incentives — is energy efficiency strictly a problem in wealthy countries?
Don't bet on it. Two facts run counter to such an assumption. The first is that multinationals will deploy methods proven in Europe, Japan and the United States in their African, Asian or South American affiliates. A sort of technology transfer, whether for business or broader social responsibility reasons.
The second is that developing countries, whose main energy problem right now is access to reliable, affordable sources, could well turn around and do with energy efficiency what they've done in other sectors such as banking and telephones: technological leapfrogging, "which will go hand in hand with the cost drop in digital solutions," predicts Christophe Girardot.
So energy management has a bright future ahead. That's because it's a fairly new sector that is starting to find its place in businesses "by having production units adopt headquarters initiatives and indicators," says Christophe Girardot. Or simply because: "Even with the best of intentions, the most efficient equipment eventually starts to underperform." Implementing ISO 500012 management systems, which ensure that the potential identified and the adaptations made are producing the expected results, is more timely than ever. "For pinpointing areas that can be optimized now and making sure later that the savings have actually been realized and are ongoing, without any slippage in operational or technical performance," explains François de Charnacé. Energy efficiency is getting less corrective and more preventive.
"There are still a few regulations that are up in the air in individual countries. But the train has left the station and won't stop now," says Christophe Girardot in conclusion. It's a more energy-efficient train — and one that's moving fast.
1 In the European Union alone, its share is estimated at 24%, behind transportation at 33% and residential and commercial buildings at almost 40%. Source: Planète Energies.
2 The ISO 50001 standard provides guidance to organizations in all sectors on how to implement an energy management system to help them use energy more efficiently.