Volkswagen scandal should remind industries to take control of energy usage

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If there's one thing that businesses can take away from the recent Volkswagen emissions scandal, The Huffington Post reports, it's that industry is ultimately in charge of climate change - not the world's decision-makers and politicians.
 
News recently broke that the German car manufacturer had equipped some 11 million diesel cars with deceitful software that gave false emissions readings, allowing them to effectively cheat on emissions tests while emitting up to 40 times the legal pollutant limit.
 
The Environmental Agency discovered the unethical behaviour as part of its ongoing investigation into the company's emission levels. As a result of the findings, the once-respected manufacturing giant had to recall more than a million vehicles in the UK and half a million in the US, and its market value plummeted by 35%.
 
So what does this all tell us about our approach to climate change?
 
On the surface, things don't look great. Volkswagen's complete defiance of strict carbon emissions rules, as well as a clear disregard for the environment, suggest that leading corporations can take it upon themselves to either ignore or adhere to climate change efforts - regardless of what's decided by climate change bills or international treaties.
 
However, on the flip side of the Volkswagen scandal is Siemens, a company that took an entirely different approach to the issue. Realising the financial benefits of reducing its energy usage, the global manufacturing company invested $110 million in making its global offices and factories more energy efficient. Their goal is to reduce their global carbon footprint by 50% in the next five years, and become carbon neutral by 2030.
 
As Siemens' chief executive Joe Kasser noted, "Cutting your carbon footprint is not only possible, but profitable [...] We expect our $110 million investment to pay for itself in just five years and generate $20 million in annual savings thereafter."
 
What's more, he added, "With today's software and technology, it's easier than ever before to increase efficiency."
 
Other companies to face the issue of climate change head on and acknowledge the role they play in it, include Walmart, UPS and PepsiCo - the latter of which increased its operational efficiency by 4% in 2013, thanks to the implementation of energy efficiency initiatives.
 
The above-mentioned examples prove that global industries don't need to wait for politicians to write the rules when it comes to energy usage - they can make their own.
 
AVReporter Energy Managementt Software is often used to complement Siemen's energy management hardware structure. To find out the main points of deploying EMS for the automotive industry, click here 
 
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