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June 8, 2010

Deloitte launches energy management initiative

Deloitte US has launched an initiative within its federal government practice to help agencies implement energy management strategies.

The initiative should help the departments to meet targets under the Obama Administration’s greenhouse gas reduction rules.

Deloitte’s services will include energy management strategy, organisation capability building and compliance reporting, focusing on executive orders and mandates federal agencies must meet under the targets.

Deloitte consulting principle David Fornari will lead a team of 200 professionals, with at least half focused on sustainability services.

Fornari predicts the number of staff could increase to about 800 over the next 4 years, highlighting the growing demand for energy management in the US.

“The new Deloitte federal energy management and sustainability initiative will leverage our deep energy experience and broad, firm-wide sustainability capabilities to support our federal client’s efforts to address this important area,” Fornari said.

“Currently, our federal sustainability activities have been fragmented. Our new initiative will bring them together as part of one team working across all of the federal departments and agencies.”

Fornari, who has been at the forefront of Deloitte’s work in the federal energy sector for several years, is a frequent speaker and author on topics including, energy strategy, efficiency and smart grid, and renewable energy technologies.

He said a longer-term strategy is to align the US firm’s sustainability offerings with its global practice, which offers services in:

  • Climate change;
  • Sustainability strategies;
  • Energy and natural resource management;
  • Information technology for sustainability;
  • Governance and risk intelligence;
  • Human capital and stakeholder engagement; and,
  • Sustainable operations and supply chain.  

US firms traditionally lag behind their European counterparts in providing sustainability services due to minimal domestic demand.

The energy management consulting market received a major shot in the arm when President Barack Obama recently announced the government will reduce its greenhouse gas pollution by 28 percent by 2020, introducing a raft of targets.

Legislation and consumer pressure are widely regarded as important levers to fertilise interest in sustainability services.


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