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Energy & Utility Execs: Carbon & H20 Important, But We Don’t Measure Them

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According to a survey of attendees of the recent Energy, Utility, and Environment Conference in Phoenix, AZ:

Emissions Systems: Despite the large percentage of companies that expressed the belief that a price on carbon will affect their business, a surprising 68 percent of professionals surveyed responded that they have no system in place to track and report on carbon emissions.

It would be interesting to know what the respondents thought was meant by the term “system”… perhaps they have a spreadsheet that’s worked well in the past, but don’t consider it a “system” because Enviance (a leading system vendor) was asking the question.

Water Management: Forty-eight percent of respondents said that water management is a concern for their organization, similar to carbon emissions, with approximately 40 percent responding that they don’t measure or report on water. Only 12 percent said that carbon is a higher priority than water management.

When does a “concern” translate into action? Would be interesting to know the response to a question about plans for measuring or reporting on water in the next 12 months.

Overall, the survey may reflect the uncertain regulatory regime in the U.S. versus other regions such as the EU and Asia.

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Author: nigelpm

Associate Professor of Information Systems, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan - Helping organizations to navigate digital transformation.

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