HOW WE USE ENERGY
According to the Energy Information Administration, the following represents the four main sources of total energy consumption in the U.S.
Total = 97.4 quadrillion British thermal units
Note: Sum of individual percentages may not equal 100 because of independent rounding.
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Monthly Energy Review, Table 2.1, April 2018, preliminary data.
Commercial buildings (like Sodexo's client sites) make up 19% of total energy consumed. Note that we also touch three of these four sectors through the supply chain. We have the power to directly influence the commercial sector through our energy reduction efforts.
Within commercial buildings, food service buildings use large amounts of energy due to cooking and refrigeration needs.
Food Service Buildings and Hospitals are the Most Intense Energy Users (2012)
A number of sources contribute to carbon dioxide emissions from commercial buildings—with lighting, space heating, space cooling and ventilation making up the top four.
This toolkit includes a number of energy management measures that will reduce the amount of energy consumed in these key areas, lowering the carbon emissions generated on your site by ~5-30%
Source: US Department of Energy Buildings Data Book