In the past, business leaders and CEOs (CEOs) often paid little attention to energy trends around the world. But they will gradually have to change their mindset because interest in the energy market improves sustainability in the long-term business development.
According to a poll conducted by Accenture Company and the UN Global Compact, 93% out of 766 CEOs surveyed said that energy sustainability is very important for their businesses. However, the level of interest in the energy sector depends on how dependent CEOs and their businesses are on the industry.
The above research results show that, 100%, CEOs in the automotive and consumer goods sectors consider energy sustainability as the "key point" for their success in the market.
However, only 68% CEOs in the banking sector and 22% in the communications sector say that energy sustainability is crucial to their work. This is understandable as auto and consumer goods companies spend more on transportation and petroleum budgets than those working in banks or communications technology services.
The year 2013 is forecasted with many financial and economic difficulties around the world. Most CEOs say they also face major challenges in the energy market.
According to the annual global report on clean energy of Ernst & Young published in September 2012, 42% of the CEOs asked that their companies will spend at least about 50 million USD / year on energy purchases and 27% number of respondents said that, will spend more than 100 million USD on this field.
In the context of increasingly expensive energy, CEOs tend to reevaluate energy costs and cutting costs has always been a top priority in each company's strategy.
Also in the above report, up to 59% of CEOs said that their company's renewable energy costs will increase in the next 5 years. To deal with rising energy prices, the CEOs said, they will find ways to exploit cheaper renewable energy sources. Accordingly, the number of renewable energy companies will also increase. 51% the number of CEOs answered that the renewable energy sources from their own companies will increase, 16% said that the share of renewable energy used in the company will "increase significantly".
Another trend identified this year is the "greening" of commercial buildings, manufacturing plants and office complexes in the US. A consulting firm in clean energy technology based in Oregon said that 20% of annual energy consumption in the US is related to commercial buildings. The company also said the federal government will provide substantial financial assistance to businesses to refurbish buildings for more efficient use of energy with the goal of cutting. reducing 20% of energy consumption in buildings by 2020.
With demand for oil increasing worldwide, oil prices are expected to increase significantly this year. Facing this fact, the use of gas instead of oil is also a trend directed by businesses, because natural gas prices are many times cheaper than crude oil prices.
Business leaders in the US are slowly realizing that the picture in the energy sector has changed rapidly. They will have to rearrange their resources and develop plans to maximize the opportunities for energy types in the long term and use cheaper energy sources in the short term. .