With 2012 on it’s way, there’s been a lot of discussion about what the future holds for sustainability, including renewable energy technologies. Recently, Dan Probst, Chairman of Energy and Sustainability Services at Jones Lang LaSalle, posted an article titled Four Sustainability Trends to Watch in 2012.
The four trends that Dan mentions are Transparency, Global Consistency, Public/Private Collaboration and Focus on Solar Energy. Of particular interest in the area of Transparency:
“Buildings, companies and cities are measuring and disclosing energy usage, carbon emissions and other information relating to sustainability. Commercial building owners don’t always have a choice: Five major U.S. cities and two states have enacted energy performance measurement and disclosure policies to date, and nine more cities and states have bills under considerations, to help tenants and investors make better informed decisions.”
Dan also highlights the incredible growth of solar energy in 2011 and how commercial solar installations were responsible for much of that growth. Towards the end of his article, he mentions that “interest in solar energy continues to grow as payback periods grow shorter and fossil fuel costs continue to rise”, something we pointed out previously in The Price Tag of Coal.
See all of Dan’s trends for 2012 on PRNewswire.com. And, as always, we’d love to hear your thoughts on these trends or any other sustainability issues affecting business today.
Tags: Green Mountain Energy, New Year, Solar, Sustainability, Trends