Milwaukee, Wisconsin - New research by Johnson Controls International shows energy efficiency interest rose 116% globally since 2010, with those who set goals making the greatest strides in reducing energy use.
JCI, which develops building and seating solutions, said momentum is also growing for green building certification and green tenant space leasing, although 22% cite a lack of funding as the top barrier to investment.
The Johnson Controls Energy Efficiency Indicator, a global survey of more than 3000 decision-makers in 10 countries, was released at the 24th Annual North American Energy Efficiency Forum in Washington, DC.
The survey indicates that 73% of respondents worldwide set energy reduction goals within the last year, up from 58% two years ago. Among the organisations that set public goals, 72% plan to increase energy efficiency investments and nearly a third used external financing to meet those goals.
"The research shows that accountability drives action when it comes to energy efficiency and we think more companies want to find ways to be efficient. However the barriers that our research points to year after year must be resolved first," said Dave Myers, president of Johnson Controls Building Efficiency.