In an era where environmental sustainability is becoming an increasing global concern, businesses are recognising that “green” could very well be the new gold. With renewables on the rise, 46 per cent of Australian corporates have recorded making the transition. The transition to renewable energy sources, such as wind, solar, and hydropower, is not only benefiting the planet but also proving to be a lucrative venture for companies across various industries. 

Beau Savage, Director of Smart Energy Smart Energy, says “As Australia makes the transition to renewables, we’re seeing businesses start to incorporate it into their strategies. Whether it be through upgrading locations to include solar and batteries or updating their corporate social responsibility, businesses can capitalise on going green.”

Sustainable power sources

One of the primary ways businesses are capitalising on renewable energy is by harnessing sustainable power sources. Solar panels on the roofs of commercial buildings, wind turbines on corporate properties, and hydroelectric generators in proximity to water bodies are becoming increasingly common sights. By investing in these technologies, companies can reduce their reliance on fossil fuels, lower their energy costs over time, and contribute to a cleaner environment.

Cost of living

Renewable energy sources not only help businesses reduce their carbon emissions but also save them money in the long run. Solar panels, for example, can significantly reduce electricity bills. Whilst they come with some upfront costs, the average lifespan of 25 years provides a long-term return on investment. Moreover, many governments offer incentives and tax credits for businesses that adopt renewable energy solutions, making the transition even more financially appealing.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

Corporate social responsibility has become a fundamental aspect of modern business practices. Many consumers are now choosing products and services from companies that actively work to minimise their environmental impact. By transitioning to renewable energy, businesses can demonstrate their commitment to sustainability, which can enhance their brand image, attract socially conscious consumers, and boost customer loyalty.

Energy independence

Relying on renewable energy sources provides businesses with a degree of energy independence. Fluctuating fossil fuel prices and potential energy shortages can disrupt operations and increase costs. By generating their own renewable energy or purchasing it from reliable sources, businesses can insulate themselves from these vulnerabilities and ensure a stable energy supply.

Investment opportunities

Renewable energy is not just a means of saving money; it’s also a lucrative investment opportunity. Many businesses are diversifying their portfolios by investing in renewable energy projects, such as wind farms and solar installations. These investments offer steady, long-term returns and can diversify a company’s revenue streams beyond its core operations.

Environmental stewardship

In addition to financial benefits, businesses are capitalising on renewable energy to demonstrate environmental stewardship. Climate change concerns are driving companies to adopt cleaner energy sources as part of their commitment to reducing their carbon footprint. This commitment aligns with global efforts to combat climate change, positioning businesses as responsible global citizens.

Regulatory compliance

Environmental regulations are becoming increasingly stringent worldwide. Many governments are imposing emissions reduction targets and mandating the use of renewable energy. By proactively adopting renewable energy solutions, businesses can ensure compliance with these regulations, avoid potential fines, and mitigate legal risks.

The shift towards renewable energy is not just a trend; it’s a strategic move that offers a multitude of advantages to businesses. From cost savings and energy independence to enhanced brand reputation and investment opportunities, the benefits of adopting renewable energy sources are undeniable.

As the world continues to prioritise sustainability, businesses that capitalise on renewable energy are not only contributing to a greener planet but also positioning themselves for long-term success in an evolving global market. Green is indeed the new gold, and businesses that embrace this paradigm shift are reaping the rewards.

Beau Savage is director of Smart Energy.