Large companies ready to play the energy saving game

Posted Oct 25, 2022, 8:30 AMUpdated on Oct 25, 2022 at 9:36 am

“Combative”, “optimistic”, “serene”: while the French economy is preparing to slow down this winter, it is in this state of mind that most companies are approaching this new delicate phase. This is in any case what emerges from the survey carried out by the Viavoice institute and the Les Temps Nouveaux firm for Sopra Steria Next and “Les Echos” among 300 companies employing more than 100 employees.

Despite the coming stormy weather, the majority of managers surveyed (67%) remain positive at the end of the year: more than a third of them (36%) believe that the volume of business will increase in 2023 and 44% say it will continue. For 28% of respondents, the uncertain context is even conducive to “more innovation” or “full of opportunities”. Only a minority of managers (11%) consider it “risky for the company” or “dangerous for the sector” in which it operates (8%).

“New Normal”

While business model transformation was seen as a priority during the Covid-19 pandemic, this is no longer the case. Only 6% of business leaders now consider it an emergency.

Whether it is the repercussions on the activity of the war in Ukraine, the energy crisis, inflation or even possible social movements, 80% of the leaders claim to be able to overcome this bad patch. “Covid epidemic, war in Ukraine, energy crisis: uncertainty and the multiplicity of crises are the new normal”, analyzes Philippe Muller, partner at Sopra Steria Next. On the other hand, “they are on the offensive to make their business attractive and take the turn of the energy transition”, he underlines.

Despite the energy crisis, recruitment difficulties remain the subject of greatest concern with the question of supplies. If savings must be deployed to compensate for the surge in energy expenditure, they will affect investment (71%) or outsourced services, but will not be made to the detriment of employees: faced with soaring prices, three quarters of the leaders surveyed think of increasing salaries, one in two (49%) even claim to be ready for an increase at least equal to inflation.

Reluctance about teleworking

The ecological transition is also becoming a major concern for ETIs and large groups. In this context, 79% of them will initiate an energy sobriety plan this winter. This will first go through savings that are easy to implement, on heating (78%) then on electricity (64%).

The idea of ​​developing teleworking to consume less energy, on the other hand, is not very popular, supported by only a quarter of managers, as is that of reducing the company’s opening hours (21%).

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