Energy Management and Motor Driven Systems Expert
Energy Management Expert
Energy Management and Motor-Driven Systems Expert
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Frequently asked questions
Energy management systems
There are now many hundreds of examples of industrial and other organizations that have significantly improved their energy performance through the implementation of an effective Energy Management System (EnMS). They have succeeded in reducing energy costs; reducing other related costs; reducing their exposure to volatile energy prices and often; more importantly, in getting better control over their technical processes and improving productivity and process stability. If your organization is willing to put in the effort and commitment to implement an effective EnMS, it can help to transform many aspects of your technical processes.
Organizations that are successful in implementing EnMS’s generally have a committed energy manager. Such managers are able to overcome the inevitable obstacles encountered in what is essentially a change management process. They are successful in getting support from top management and in persuading their fellow energy team members to deliver on the promise of a systematic approach to energy management. Support, leadership and commitment from the top are essential.
Many companies purchase software and have the impression that this is an energy management system, but it is not. The purpose is to save energy and it’s very common to keep forgetting this. We do need check lists, we do need processes, auditing and software, but ultimately this must all lead to energy savings. At the end of the day an EnMS is mostly about people and management.
In the management system field we often talk about the importance of top management involvement. But, in reality, there is a need for involvement from people at all levels. Critically, an effective energy management system requires a dedicated energy management team. This is a core group of people that has a good understanding of the various parts of the organization and the energy implications.
Education is the foundation of energy management, and will be most effective when it is a subject taught from the lowest grade at school through to the highest at university. Until then, every business or institution or workplace should, as part of induction, contribute by educating employees about efficient use of energy so that it can become part of everyone’s culture. Examples could be displayed; meters could be used to show the environmental and financial costs, creating first awareness and then behavioural change. Promoting this with as many people as possible is what drives the foundation of good energy management and the “culture of energy performance improvement” highlighted in ISO 50001.