Energy Efficiency In Europe Takes Off

The Johnson Controls Energy Efficiency Indicator survey wants to know: what’s driving the increased focus on energy efficiency in buildings in Europe?

The second annual installment of this survey found that cost savings and government incentives were key motivators here, based on responses from 857 private- and public-sector leaders responsible for energy decisions for nonresidential buildings in six major European economies: the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain, Poland and Italy.

2011 Energy Efficiency Indicator survey

image via Johnson Controls

Of those, eight hundred agreed that improving energy efficiency in buildings was a top strategy for reducing their country’s carbon footprint, but cost was clearly a factor as well, with more than 73 percent of decision-makers stating that they believe the price of energy will increase over the next 12 months. In fact, respondents ranked cost savings as their number one motivator.

What’s more, building managers seem to be waiting for the other shoe to drop in terms of legislation, as a majority have reported that they expect a national policy mandating energy efficiency or carbon reductions to pass within the next two years. These individuals see improving energy efficiency in their buildings now as a proactive step for the long term.

At present, 32 percent of those who took part in the survey have achieved energy efficient certification for at least one green building; an additional 22 percent report having incorporated green building elements.

More information on the survey and its results is available online.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.