Improving energy management has become a key business activity. Growing awareness of global warming, introduction of carbon targets and finally the steep increase in fossil fuel prices have moved it from something nice to have to a central part of business management. Senior executives are focussing on control of all costs, including energy. Companies are finally realizing that energy is a raw material just like steel, paint or cotton, and efficient use of it is simply good business sense. CC‑Link offers a range of energy management solutions that can take efficiency one step further by integrating automation networks with energy management, this addressing multiple operational requirements with a single network infrastructure.