Energy resilience is critical to maintaining operations and reducing commercial risk. For example, if a food manufacturer experiences a power failure, that could have negative repercussions on the business. How the food manufacturer deals with the power failure — for example, whether or not it has a backup system, how fast the backup kicks in, and how much or how little product is lost due to the outage — makes up its business continuity,
or a company's ability to continue operations following a disruption. Energy resilience for business continuity
is therefore an important aspect of risk management. Energy resilience is also one of the elements of business resilience
, or a company's ability to adapt in a changing environment
, according to the ISO. The difference between business resilience and business continuity
is that the first refers to how a company evolves in response to lasting change, while the second refers to how a company responds to an unforeseen event.