The 2017 Johnson Controls Energy Efficiency Indicator (EEI) survey of facility and management executives from a dozen countries was released this week, revealing increased interest in energy efficiency. Greenhouse gas emissions reduction and energy security became the largest drivers for investment in the US and Canada, the survey found.
Johnson Controls surveyed more than 1,500 facility and management executives for the annual EEI. This year, 70% of the organizations responding are paying more attention to energy efficiency than they were a year ago, and 58% said they anticipate increasing those investments next year, according to a press release about the survey.
“In the U.S. and Canada, greenhouse gas emissions reduction and energy security were the most significant drivers at 92% and 91%, respectively,” the survey found. This is the first time GHG emissions ranked so high since the EEI started more than a decade ago. Globally, cost reduction was the most important driver for investment, with 77% of respondents rating it as a very or extremely significant factor, according to Johnson Controls.
Among the investments, HVAC equipment remained the most popular improvement. Survey respondents also said they planned to invest in onsite renewable energy as well as energy storage.
Facility resilience received increased interest. The survey found that 71% of respondents described maintaining critical operations during severe weather events or long power outages “very” or “extremely” important when they were weighing future infrastructure investments. In addition, 52% of respondents said they were likely to have at least one facility operate off the grid in the next decade.
“Smart, sustainable buildings served by distributed energy resources and energy storage can provide the added security that building owners are looking for around the globe,” Rod Rushing, president of Building Solutions North America for Johnson Controls, said in the EEI announcement.
Government policy, benchmarking, certification, and smart building systems integration were also among the important drivers, the survey found.
Last year’s survey revealed great interest in energy efficiency investment, with half the respondents saying that their organizations are paying more attention to energy efficiency compared with the previous year.
This is the eleventh year that Johnson Controls has conducted EEI surveys. Respondents came from 12 countries, including major economic regions. Johnson Controls says those surveyed represent a variety of commercial, institutional, and government facility portfolios.