Energy Efficiency and the Human Factor

Posted on Posted in Climate Change Adaptation, Energy, People

Climate change and energy efficiency has emerged as one of the most important energy and economic policy issues of the 21st century. 

Energy efficiency has been commonly accepted as an attractive approach to reducing GHG emissions and as response to the resources depletion.

Although energy efficiency had been recognized and energy efficiency measures applied in various industries for many years, the magnitude and a global scale of the efforts have changed dramatically during the recent years. Particularly energy security and resilience become a hot topic for the recent discussions with our clients.

Sustainability, as related to the environment and energy became a term commonly used and “trendy”, and thus it creates a risk of “greenwashing”.

Another popular term “triple bottom line: people, planet, profit” is being used widely but in fact the only truly understood is money and quantifiable risks.

Profitable sustainability include four major factors: economic, political, social and environmental. All are strictly interconnected with a human factor.

Humans are at the same time a strong and a weak link of any activity.

People behavior, perception, and needs vary based on regions (locations), social norms, culture, mentality, and organizational structures.

The most advanced technologies, the most strict procedures, the best training and education may be vulnerable to any human-induced risks.