Energy Management

About 11% of all EU energy consumption can be economised cost-effectively through the adoption of more effective energy management.

Energy management is a structured process through which organisations seek to optimise their energy use, by reducing energy waste, increasing energy-efficiency and increasing the share of renewable energy. Energy management standards, such as EN ISO 50001, offer a comprehensive approach to address the various behavioural, technological and regulatory requirements related to energy efficiency. They help companies embed energy management within the entire organization.

The implementation of energy management is facilitated by specific techniques and tools. The key techniques are energy audits, monitoring and benchmarking while the key tools are energy management and related standards. The energy manager is primarily a change manager, not a technical manager.

Most companies who implement energy management standards not only immediately reduce their energy bill, but also lower their water consumption and improve waste prevention. They improve overall performance and productivity of their plant and increase their competitiveness. Moreover, they get easier access to third party financing and benefit from increased investor confidence. On a long term, energy management standards guarantee that improvements are sustained over time and that organizations continuously improve energy performance at an ever-faster pace, cutting costs year on year.

Energy Management
In general energy management has five distinctive steps, implemented iteratively and repeatedly in a process of continuous improvement: ENERGY POLICY (1) – Established by senior management, defines the overall guidelines for the efforts to achieve greater energy efficiency and other energy policy objectives; PLANNING (2) – Identify the significant sources of energy consumption and savings potentials. Determine the order of priority of the energy saving efforts, set targets and elaborate action plans in line with policy; IMPLEMENTATION AND OPERATION (3) – Involve employees and the whole organization commitment in the implementation of the objectives and ensure better use of energy becomes a part of daily routines including within purchasing, operation and maintenance, energy efficient design activities, etc.; CHECKING AND CORRECTIVE ACTIONS (4) – Monitoring all significant energy use and consumption flows and activities. Take preventive and corrective actions; MANAGEMENT REVIEW (5) – Management periodically evaluates the implementation of the plan, objectives and operational control to ensure its continuing suitability in the light of the commitment to continual improvement.