2017 is nearly here and working on your organization’s energy management plan is key to making sure you reduce consumption and emissions this year.
Planning can take time and effort, but is well worth your time.
When done properly you will set your organization on the right course to achieving your energy management goals this year.
Energy management is a complex activity that involves taking action from the plantroom to the boardroom. Energy mangers need to understand technology, budgets, finance, planning and strategy in addition to emissions targets, corporate social responsibility and financial reporting.
Success in effectively managing this complex area will only come from detailed planning and preparation. To be useful an energy management plan needs to be:
Relevant: The plan must focus on areas that are directly applicable to the kind of organization you work in.
Realistic: The plan needs to be achievable with the resources and capabilities you have in place.
Useable: To be of any benefit at all, the plan must be a useful document that can guide your actions day to day.
A good energy management plan is like a map, helping you show people in your organisation where you are heading and the best way to get there.
That’s why we created this comprehensive guide with free templates to get you up and running for 2017. It contains everything you need to create an annual energy management plan including checklists and questionnaires to get started.
Smart meters are becoming a reality, and increasingly meters will be built into the equipment we buy.
Large energy using devices, such as air conditioners and chillers will be able to feed data directly into building management systems.
2. Leadership from corporations
Businesses see that going green is good business.
Not only do you cut costs, consumers are changing from passively buying to actively engaging with brands and companies that show they are committed to creating social value.
3. Unsubsidized renewables
The costs of solar energy have dropped to the point where they are comparable to fossil fuel generation without subsidies.
The business cases for green energy look increasingly viable without subsidy.
4. Professional energy managers
The need for professional energy managers has been recognized for some time, but with the roll out of energy efficiency legislation in Europe, the number of energy managers has exploded – which is good news for business and the public sector.
5. Energy management software
The number of software packages that support energy management continues to grow.
These packages cover a range of applications from energy usage analysis to energy market tracking – and 2017 will see even more of them.
6. Wavering governments
Recent elections and referendums could potentially lead to less government support for renewables and carbon reductions.
The momentum built up over the last decade needs to be sustained by businesses and social enterprises.