Energy no longer a top priority for most sustainability professionals finds new report

Carbon and energy management is no longer one of the top activities for in-house sustainability professionals and consultants, reveals an extensive new survey.

Carbon and energy management has dropped out of the top five priorities for sustainability professionals.

According to the fifth annual CR and Sustainability Salary Survey conducted by recruitment specialists Acre with Carnstone and Flag, which is due to be published next week, carbon and energy management has dropped out of the top five priorities for the first time.

The survey asked 1,200 respondents about aspects including how they spend the bulk of their working time and found the results were very much aligned for both in-house employees and consultants.

The findings are despite improvements in carbon and energy management having a direct impact on the financial bottom line. The report says the reduced priority could be partly a result of lower levels of stakeholder interest, the stabilisation and reduction of energy prices, and a change in the roles and responsibilities of CRS teams.

Discover the new top five priorities when the results of the survey are unveiled at the Salary Survey results launch event in London on 8 April 2014 from 6-8pm. If you are interested in attending, please email

The full report will be available here on 9 April 2014.

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