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Take the four steps to successful energy management

15 Mar 2017 by: This article first appeared on edie.net

What does successful energy management look like? Is your focus on delivering cost savings, reducing your carbon footprint or securing future supply? What are the best energy efficiency options for you and your business? And how do you convince your key stakeholders to play their part?

To answer all these questions and more, edie has put together a four-part series in partnership with E.ON to walk you through your energy efficiency journey and get you to where you want to be.

The first step is to benchmark your organisation, determining where you are on the energy journey and where you want to get to. There are five stages on that journey: Compliant, Knowledgeable, More Efficient, Self Sufficient and Generating Revenue.

You can pinpoint your position, understand what each step of the journey looks like and see how the rest of UK business measures up with our benchmarking infographic. It's based on analysis of our energy management survey, which you can read in full here.

VIEW THE AT-A-GLANCE INFOGRAPHIC HERE

Once you’ve identified where you are on the journey, the next step is to move up the scale from compliance to driving competitive edge. However, transforming an organisation's energy management approach from 'tick-box activity' to 'money-generating competitive edge' is easier said than done. Which is why we’ve put together the top 10 actions you can take to move your energy efficiency strategy forward.

LEARN THE TOP 10 STEPS TO ENERGY MANAGEMENT LEADERSHIP HERE

Understanding what the steps are and the tech or activities you need to undertake is only part of the puzzle – your people are the missing piece.

If a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, in the case of evolving businesses that weak link could be the staff. So, while new technologies are undoubtedly key in driving down energy usage, it is important for energy managers to educate at staff level to ensure that centralised and streamlined energy management methods aren’t being hindered unwittingly by staff.

Aligning corporate energy reduction targets with individuals' motivations and behaviours can drive significant savings, but is difficult. So, to cut through this complex issue, edie has compiled the ‘Behaviour change cheat sheet’ for energy managers, detailing 10 key ways to drive engagement with energy efficiency.

GET THE BEHAVIOUR CHANGE CHEAT SHEET HERE

But you don’t just have to take our word for it, we asked those that are already making it happen. Using award-winning best practice examples recorded live with expert energy managers, including Costa’s Oliver Rosevear, Hilton Worldwide’s Claire Whitely and E.ON's head of energy solutions Phil Gilbert, we explore everything from setting ambitious goals and identifying the biggest wins, to changing behaviours, driving innovation and rolling out projects across multiple sites. Get an end-to-end overview of successful energy efficiency projects by listening to our exclusive webinar recording.

LISTEN TO THE EXPERTS HERE

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