Global energy demand is increasing, resources are becoming scarcer, climate change increasingly impacts our environment – with exorbitant costs for the global community. This calls out for a radical change in philosophy and action.

Policymakers have responded with far-reaching laws that for example govern greenhouse gas emissions to reduce the global effects of climate change.

Estimated energy savings by 2020

In Europe, for example, the mandatory implementation of energy-saving lamps is a first step in achieving the self-imposed energy-efficiency plan: Overall, lawmakers have determined a 20 % savings by 2020. The German government has taken this a step further. An agreement was reached with energy-intensive industries to reduce energy consumption by 30 %. Other countries are heading in the same direction. The CIS is planning a 40 % reduction in energy consumption by 2020, and the USA 17%.

Political guidelines affect all industries and all sizes of companies, after all: Sustainable growth is no longer possible without using energy more efficiently across the board. The costs for necessary resources continue to rise. And they will be unmanageable if energy consumption remains the same.

Consistently reducing energy consumption in industry and infrastructure is increasingly becoming the key to success for companies and countries. Energy efficiency is the driving force today – and the decisive element connecting environmental benefits with economical advantages. With answers from Siemens.