Voices: Energy Expert

Energy Expert explores the growing range of energy related opportunities and risks facing today’s Energy Manager. Peter Garforth draws from his considerable track record in establishing successful energy productivity programs that create profitable business solutions and enhanced competitiveness.

Hot topic: Decarbonizing heating

Peter Garforth explores why greater heat efficiency is needed, and why it may need to be a group effort.

By Peter Garforth
Jan 3, 2017

The commitment by most major companies to reduce their carbon footprint is showing interesting shifts in priorities. For decades, most electricity has been generated by coal and natural gas. This produced a convenient alignment of the cost and carbon reduction benefits of efficiency aimed at reducing electricity use. Conversely, efficiency measures aimed at process and space heating usually yielded high carbon reductions but offered poor economics, especially where natural gas is as cheap as it is now in the U.S.

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