Business Sector Energy Efficiency
Hawaiʻi’s goal of 100% clean energy by 2045 is a commitment not just by the government, but by stakeholders across the state, including the private sector. Businesses make decisions about infrastructure, financial incentives, and behavioral norms every day. Most people spend a significant amount of time at their workplace, and most commercial buildings are operated and maintained by the private sector. Commercial and residential buildings consume 40% of energy in the US. In Hawaiʻi the commercial sector accounts for approximately 32% of electricity consumption, which in office buildings is mostly used for lighting and cooling. Therefore, businesses can have a significant impact on energy use not only through incentives, investments, and technology deployment, but also through the choices businesses make about their building infrastructure and operations. Energy efficiency is the cleanest and cheapest way to reduce energy use and therefore energy imports, relieve the demand on our power grid, and mitigate climate change. This section provides data and resources on private sector leaders and partners in the energy sector who are taking concrete action to make Hawaiʻi’s commercial buildings and operations more energy efficient.
Energy Continuous Energy Improvement (CEI) Program
The Sustainability Business Forum (SBF) is a group of business executives who are taking the initiative to shape a sustainable future for Hawaiʻi. As a cohort, the SBF represents over 21,000 employees, $8.5 billion in revenue and $95 million in annual philanthropic donations. Coordinated by Hawai‘i Green Growth, the SBF convenes quarterly at the executive level to engage in a strategic dialogue and catalyze action on joint initiatives. In 2018, eleven members of the Sustainability Business Forum partnered with Hawaiʻi Energy to jointly enroll in the Continuous Energy Improvement (CEI) Program to help improve and measure energy efficiency through facility upgrades, employee education, and operational and behavioral changes in industrial facilities and offices.
Hawaiʻi Energy’s Continuous Energy Improvement (CEI) Program offers free employee education, technical expertise, and energy use analysis services to change employee habits and behavior patterns, upgrade facilities, optimize processes, and measure impact by tracking energy and cost savings.
This partnership is the first phase of the SBF’s Green Your Business Initiative to implement tangible actions businesses can take to advance each of Hawaiʻi’s six statewide Aloha+ Challenge sustainability goals to be achieved by 2030.
Figure 1: The data above was provided by Hawai‘i Energy with permission by each of the SBF members. Due diligence was made to improve comparison of energy use between SBF members such as normalizing for weather effects and aggregating electric bills for members with more than one meter. However, other factors such as changes in building use, occupancy, and additional electrical service can have major impact and should be viewed accordingly. The annual data was provided according to Hawai‘i Energy reporting year, which runs from July to June, rather than the calendar year.
Learn More and Make a Difference
What You Can Do:
- To learn more about energy efficiency, visit Hawaiʻi Energy, the energy conservation and efficiency and program for Hawaiʻi, Honolulu and Maui counties and the Kauaʻi Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC).
- Tips to Save Energy from Hawaiʻi Energy.
- A Practical Guide to Home Energy Use from KIUC.
- Ask your employer what kind of energy efficiency initiatives are being implemented at your workplace.
- Hawaiʻi Energy is the energy conservation and efficiency program for Hawaiʻi, Honolulu, and Maui counties.
- Carbon Lighthouse is a consultant firm that aims to reduce 20% of emissions from energy use of non-residential buildings.
- Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a widely used green building certification program system developed by the non-profit U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
- The Public Utilities Commission report on Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standards (EEPS), published every 5 years, provides information on energy efficiency savings statewide from commercial and residential sectors.