Have you heard your competitors publicly declare a commitment to power their operations with 100% renewable energy and wondered how this is technically possible without breaking the bank? Have you followed the cost curve of renewables and watched with excitement how some of them already match the price of fossil fuel based energy?
Are you convinced that transitioning to 100% is the only sustainable option for the future and want to influence senior management to adopt this target? Or has your organisation made a public commitment to 100% and you have been tasked with owning and executing this task? Then this book is for you.
While transitioning to 100% renewable energy is a new mega-trend in sustainability it is no easy task to do cost effectively, and in the best interest of your business. Your organisation could be 100% renewable from your next energy bill, simply by deciding to purchase all of your electricity from renewable sources.
However, buying renewable energy from the retailer is just a straight cost to your business and does not deliver additional benefits like staff engagement, the satisfaction of producing electricity on your site or reducing your underlying energy demand. It also does not give you greater control over your business’ energy use or allow you to innovate.
So what prevents organisations from transitioning to 100% renewable energy? There are a number of common sticking points. These include:
- They do not know what their options are and have no in-house experience in developing a pathway to 100% renewable energy
- They worry about the technical and financial feasibility of a 100% renewables goal
- They are concerned about how they can generate buy-in for the development and implementation of the plan
- They are not sure whether their customers will value the switch to 100% renewables
- They lack senior management leadership and commitment
- They are unsure about how long the process will take
How do we overcome this long list of sticking points? In her book, Barbara guides her readers through a four-step process of transitioning to 100% renewable energy that addresses all these problems. By implementing her method, you can cost-effectively power all of your operations with renewable energy and energy efficiency options that are technically and financially feasible and will have the buy-in of key organisational stakeholders. This book can be the difference between success and failure for your organisation venturing down this path.
Barbara Albert is the managing director of Sustainable Business Consulting and co-founder of 100% Renewables. She is a consultant, trainer and speaker with five tertiary qualifications. She is the go-to person for organisations and local governments wanting to map out the path to 100% renewable energy, as well as implement and sustain the plan over time. Examples of her work include the strategy for Lismore and Coffs Harbour Councils to go 100%. Recently, Lismore Council gained official recognition by winning the Green Globe award for their Renewable Energy Master Plan and by being showcased as one of only two Australian case studies at COP 21 in Paris.
Barbara Albert’s book is due for release in mid-2016 and will be available in hard copy, as well as digitally through Amazon.
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