The Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI) has announced the availability of a new tool designed to provide insight into how corporations assess and implement renewable and alternative energy technologies.
The GEMI Quick Guide on Renewable and Alternative Energy assists companies in evaluating their renewable and alternative energy options, helping them to define a strategy that makes sense for them. To help companies learn by example, the guide also includes mini-case studies to share with users attributes that made their renewable and alternative energy technology project and strategy successful.
This is the first installment of the GEMI Quick Guide toolkit series, which aims to provide a closer look into the methods corporations use to address sustainability topics. The guides feature best practices to address real-time issues and topics of sustainability concepts, accompanied by mini case studies from member companies. The GEMI Quick Guides incorporate members' experiences and support the GEMI mission of 'business helping business achieve environmental sustainability excellence'.
The first four GEMI Quick Guides will focus on: Renewable and Alternative Energy, Cultivating Sustainability Internally, Preparing for the Next Wave of Change in Environmental Management, and Engaging Employees on Sustainability. These will provide the reader a sense for how they could apply the content to their own challenges and opportunities.
GEMI intends to make each of the GEMI Quick Guides a “living document” so they can evolve as experiences evolve. In addition, the case studies for each of the Guides will also be a "living document" so that additional case studies may be added by members as projects are developed and completed.
For companies looking to adopt renewable and alternative energy, there are plenty of success stories in the business world to follow. Some of the most notable clean power users, which include Intel, Kohl’s, and Microsoft, were recently honored by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Green Power Partnership’s National Top 100 Partners list. The list represents the largest green power users within the EPA’s Green Power Partnership, which works with a wide variety of organizations — from Fortune 500 companies to local, state and federal governments, and a growing number of colleges and universities.
The widespread adoption of renewable energy is paying off in every sense of the word. More than half of Fortune 100 have collectively saved $1.1 billion annually and decreased their annual CO2 emissions by approximately 58.3 million metric tons through clean energy.