I've written before about the new requirements that the growing emphasis on sustainability is going to impose on organizations. New technlogies are going to be required, embedded in new processes.
A nice example of this is provided by the Colruyt Group, a family-owned company that is a major Belgian owned supermarket chain with some 200 locations in Belgium, France and Luxembourg.. The Colruyt Group has installed windmills and solar panels that capture energy and then store it in the form of Hydrogen, which, in turn, is converted to electricity and powers their forklifts and even some of their cars. In other words, the Colruyt Group no longer buys gasoline or takes part in the conventional energy market for its transportation needs, but is providing much of its own energy in what is, in effect, a closed loop process.
Increasingly other companies are going to look at systems like this to manage their own energy needs. For more information, got to www.don-quichote.eu for a demonstration.