t’s widely acknowledged that ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) principles guide organizations in integrating sustainability considerations into their operations. Metrics on water and energy use in particular play an important role when assessing ESG performance and impact. From optimizing efficiency and reducing costs to mitigating environmental impact and fostering sustainable growth, understanding the significance of responsible resource consumption is paramount for companies in today's world.
Upon hearing the phrase, "water and energy use," your mind might naturally jump to the environmental aspect of ESG. That’s not entirely the case, however. It’s important to recognize that the benefits of responsible resource management (or the consequences of irresponsible management) actually extend to all three pillars of your ESG strategy.
Companies should take steps to improve their water use and energy use for several compelling reasons. Take a look at the list below to see how your company's approach to water and energy can affect multiple areas of your operations:
Now that you’ve gained a solid understanding of the basics of water and energy use, it's time to delve into the practical steps of measuring and improving your business’s resource consumption strategy. How can your business take action and make a positive impact on both your bottom line and the world around us? Find out in this next article, “5 Steps to Improving Water & Energy Use: A Guide for Sustainable Businesses.”