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Our group's thoughts
Sep 16 2010, 4:48 PM EDTSolutions Statement Session
Our discussion began with group reflection on the MIT/SOL speaker’s Conversation Catalyst. Here is what group members thought:
Energy efficiency is playing a critical role in catalyzing interest in changing corporate culture to be more environmentally responsible, particularly in terms of carbon emissions. Taking a bigger approach, like Six Sigma, and starting by eliminating waste and then, as a next step, taking elements of the business that create value and making them the best they can be, in terms of energy efficiency and carbon, have long term financial paybacks for corporations.
Success starts by making a firm commitment towards environmental sustainability, carbon footprint reduction, and energy consumption reduction, and then being accountable and putting resources towards achieving central goals.
Growing pains are common, but in time, corporations can have a stronger ability to reduce their impact.
Paying the real price of energy, including externalities like environmental and human health impacts, can be the most important driver in getting companies to do big things in the energy efficiency space. This could really be spurred on by climate legislation, and absent of federal legislation, we have to look for regional cap and trade systems to lead the way, like New England’s Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and the Western Climate Initiative (WCI). Unfortunately, California's referendum to roll back emission reduction goals until unemployment drops could set back potential transformational changes in the energy system of our countries largest energy consuming state. Do you find this valuable?
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