What Does 2012 Hold for Sustainability Trends?

Green Mountain Energy Sustainability Trend in 2012

With 2012 on it’s way, there’s been a lot of discussion about what the future holds for sustainability, including renewable energy technologies. Recently, Dan Probst, Chairman of Energy and Sustainability Services at Jones Lang LaSalle, posted an article titled Four Sustainability Trends to Watch in 2012.

The four trends that Dan mentions are Transparency, Global Consistency, Public/Private Collaboration and Focus on Solar Energy. Of particular interest in the area of Transparency:

“Buildings, companies and cities are measuring and disclosing energy usage, carbon emissions and other information relating to sustainability. Commercial building owners don’t always have a choice: Five major U.S. cities and two states have enacted energy performance measurement and disclosure policies to date, and nine more cities and states have bills under considerations, to help tenants and investors make better informed decisions.”

Dan also highlights the incredible  growth of solar energy in 2011 and how commercial solar installations were responsible for much of that growth.  Towards the end of his article, he mentions that “interest in solar energy continues to grow as payback periods grow shorter and fossil fuel costs continue to rise”,   something we pointed out previously in The Price Tag of Coal.

See all of Dan’s trends for 2012 on   And, as always, we’d love to hear your thoughts on these trends or any other sustainability issues affecting business today.

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2 Responses to “What Does 2012 Hold for Sustainability Trends?”

  1. Mario says:

    my question is about green energy, why is there no real inovation in the green energy sector???

    Example: no new designs/ways of producing/creating energy. we are in 2012. we are still using old technology!! the generator has not been updated!!? nor has anything else..? the so called up dates, on old technology are still inefficient!! or is it just me???

    • Scott Martin says:

      Mario, thank you for your comments! In many ways you are correct concerning a lack of innovation but in many areas we have seen great strides taken. As with any industry, money flows to innovation when it is demanded. Low energy prices have historically kept innovation to a minimum.

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