One explanation is that industrial energy efficiency is largely an invisible solution. It often comes down to changing people’s behaviours and mindsets. The interventions are usually technical and behind closed doors. Retrofitting the insulation level of pipes, or replacing an old inefficient boiler is not as visible as installing solar powered panels or wind turbines, for example.
Perhaps, most frustratingly, is the lack of action and awareness around what is essentially a cost-effective and win-win solution for everyone involved, especially for companies and industry. Unlike other efforts to mitigate climate change, industrial energy efficiency offers a relatively rapid return on investment.
While we wait for the wide-scale development of renewable energy infrastructure, industrial energy efficiency can provide a pathway and an opportunity for companies to reduce their emissions in the here and now. It’s time industry, governments and investors recognize that industrial energy efficiency is central to achieving our 2030 and 2050 sustainable development deadlines. For this green revolution to be achieved, we need leadership from all sides.