An untapped energy efficiency potential: results from our survey
19 Септември 2017

In our last newsletter, we observed that - despite the acknowledgement that energy efficiency was an important concern - there were only few companies with a reference person or energy manager to whom relaying these questions. Similarly, in this edition, it seems that, despite important awareness among respondents, available means do not match the companies’ needs.

Better business, better environment

All (100%!) the contributors to our survey think there is potential for energy improvement in their company. When asking about the motivations to implement energy savings measure:

  • More than 70% of respondents mention economic motivation.
  • Environmental concerns remain present in half of our responses.
  • Finally, a non-neglectable number of participants (20%) also mention marketing related aspects and the improvements of their company’s image.

This tends to draw up the portraits of companies aware of their energy efficiency potential. However, how far is it from hand to mouth?

A significant untapped potential

48% of our respondents are looking for energy savings measures with a payback time inferior to 2 years and 52% with payback time between 2 and 5 years. It is worth noticing that payback times beyond 5 years gets no vote, highlighting the short-term profitability requirement which may penalise some investments.


However, a significant number of investment may still fall within this solicited time frames. Moreover, two thirds of participants claim to be able to proceed to energy investments up to €20,000.

However, more than 40% have never undertaken an energy audits. This striking figure shows that despite regulatory incentives, there is still a long way towards providing companies with visibility and control on their energy consumption and savings that could lead to more competitiveness.

Limited access to outsourced finance

Moreover, only few companies seem to have access to innovative sources of financing. A vast 3/4 majority use balance sheet investment as usual source of financing, any other source being used by a very limited number of participants.


This could also be a limiting factor, to the extent that many investments deemed profitable throughout a reasonable period of time could benefit from other type of financing. However, this still requires a broader use of energy audits and extended possibilities to valorise their outcome, especially through a better understanding of these opportunities by the financial industry.

This survey remains quite revealing of the current state of energy efficiency potential in industries. A wide majority of actors are aware of the business opportunities it represents however tools and resources remain insufficiently accessible to realise this great potential.

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