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Energy and the Environment, Key Factors in Global Competitiveness

In all areas of our lives we are increasingly immersed in a globalized environment that progressively diminishes distances and barriers at an accelerated pace. And businesses do not escape this reality. On the contrary, in a context of globalization you no longer only compete against local or regional companies, but even with some even half a planet away.

This implies a large number of opportunities, which, if taken advantage of, can bring immeasurable benefits for companies, but require strong organizational work to produce a greater quantity of goods and services, with better quality, and at lower costs. To be successful in this field, it is no longer enough to be leaders in a small market, we must manage standardized processes under international standards, progressively reduce the environmental impact, and the costs related to the consumption of inputs: raw materials, energy sources, and packaging.

This article will focus on increasing competitiveness by controlling costs related to energy consumption, and minimizing the environmental impacts of corporate operations.

How to stay competitive with high energy prices?

Paradoxically, the countries with the highest energy costs are where the highest levels of corporate competitiveness are found, because in order to survive, organizations are in a constant search to minimize energy expenditure to what is essential, but without affecting the production or quality of the energy. product, which translates into the concept of energy efficiency see more ) .

In the Dominican Republic, with the highest energy costs on the continent, this expense cannot be seen as a kind of “tax for working here” but as an unparalleled opportunity to improve. By following the methodologies outlined by the main international standards in the field, such as energy management systems (ISO 50001:2011); energy audits (ISO 50002:2014); and Energy Indicators (ISO 50006:2014), the investment made can be recovered in a very fast period.

Unfortunately, there are many “efficiency experts” who offer a quick way out for achieving your desired energy savings. The problem with them is that only technological replacement options with a high initial cost are proposed, often overestimating the achievable savings to highlight the benefit of buyers, with heavy losses for the client once executed. The interesting thing is that this does not happen only in the DR, but also in countries like the United States. Advice: use recognized companies in the field and ask the specialist under which standard the proposals made are based.

Does my company pollute?

All economic operations, regardless of size, generate an impact on the environment, and despite the fact that at first glance it seems to be cheaper to pollute than to responsibly manage waste and waste, it has been shown that those companies that control their processes have higher levels of profitability. than the ones that don’t.

There are a significant number of reasons, some quantitative and others qualitative, why minimizing corporate environmental impact promotes increased organizational competitiveness. The one that is clearly focused on the monetary term is the following: if the composition of the waste from the operation is not known and controlled, it is not possible to know if they can be used by another process, as raw material. Instead of paying for the disposal -which is an expense-, additional income can be received.

In conclusion, energy and the environment are the key factors to address to increase corporate competitiveness in a globalized environment, since these are the ones that are explicitly based on the control of costs and operational impacts, especially in countries with high energy prices. Like the Dominican Republic. In the world, companies focused on the progressive reduction of their environmental effects have a highly committed staff aligned with corporate objectives, translating this into highly lucrative organizations.

Published in:  Factor de Éxito Magazine, Edition X, 2017, page. 52 ( See more of the magazine )

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