Organizational Barriers
  • Scarce resources mean there is limited time to evaluate and implement efficiency investments. Other, more immediate tasks are given higher priority.
  • “Language barriers” between finance and facilities make it difficult for facilities managers to develop and present a solid business case in appropriate financial terms. The consulting firm Green Order argues that companies also “separate capital and operating expenses in such a way that it is difficult to justify a capital expense that reduces operating expenses.”1
  • Coordination challenges across finance, human resources and facilities make it time consuming to implement efficiency improvements such as HVAC or lighting upgrades while also ensuring that worker comfort and productivity are not affected.
  • Limited accountability for green initiatives means that no one department may be responsible for getting initiatives funded and implemented. For example, funding for software to reduce energy consumption in personal computers (PCs) may come out of an IT budget, whereas the energy savings benefit is reflected in the facilities budget.
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