Disruption and volatility are putting organisations under pressure. Digitalisation and new technology developments continue to challenge existing business models. Its increasing dependence on energy and encouraging businesses to drive change to secure competitive advantage. And as customers, employees and shareholders look to engage with companies who understand the importance of decarbonisation, pressure is mounting to prioritise sustainability.
On top of this, businesses also face rocketing gas and electricity costs. Companies with thin margins rely on predictability to ensure profitable operations, especially in sectors like manufacturing with significant energy overheads. So, even as the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic begin to slow, disruption presents huge risk.
Against this backdrop, many organisations may struggle to define how to achieve their net zero ambitions. A lack of clarity on where to decarbonise, limited understanding of their energy usage, or financial constraints can all make it difficult to know how to balance the demands of planet and profit. But companies that fail to progress their goals may face growing pressure from stakeholders and erosion of their brand’s value.
The most successful, sustainable organisations search for a balance between economic and environmental responsibility. They know that they cannot focus exclusively on rising energy costs without also considering their environmental impact – and they know that prioritising environmental concerns over financial performance would leave them without a viable business model.
But it’s possible to find this balance, and volatility can create opportunity. High commodity prices don’t have to be a hurdle on the net zero journey. Instead, this widespread volatility could be the starting point to future-proofing your energy estate.
Disruption can provide the impetus to explore solutions that can build resilience and improve efficiency and sustainability at the same time. You don’t have to be set back by volatility – with integrated energy solutions, you can bounce forwards instead.
There are many integrated energy solutions available to help you respond to volatility - from safeguarding against uncertainty with onsite generation or battery storage solutions, maintaining the performance of your assets with Operations & Maintenance, or reducing the economic pressure of investing in your future with flexible financing options.
No matter the solutions you choose, you’ll need to combine the right blend of technologies and commercial options into an overarching energy pathway – helping you to translate long-term plans into short-term actions with tangible results. Furthermore, senior executive support can embed change into your company, responding to pressure with a credible plan to deliver on your operational ambitions and decarbonisation goals.
Disruption has illuminated the need for energy resilience; now is the time to future-proof your organisation. Read our report to learn how you can bounce back from volatility.
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