“Change management” is a great way for a business to pay attention to the myriad of small opportunities and save 10, 20 or 30% energy and consumable-item costs, but without necessarily making major capital investment. Used properly, it also gives sustained long-term savings, rather than suffering the traditional “roller-coaster” of energy performance.
But it needs careful handling. If you charge into a boardroom shouting “let’s talk change management”, not surprisingly you can get a frosty reception. Re-phrasing it as an “Energy Efficiency campaign” or, even better, “Energy & Resource Efficiency Campaign” tells it as it is. After all, resources such as water, paper, etc as well as waste disposal all have cost and environmental issues associated with their use/ misuse, so the same principles can be applied.
If you are going to do, it makes good sense to do it systematically and ideally working towards a recognised standard such as ISO14001 and ISO50001. Not only will this approach help you save energy and costs, it will also improve the image and reputation of your Organisation – increasingly important as Government, consumers and suppliers all show interested in supply-chain diligence.
Examples of Energy and Resource Efficiency project that Paul has worked on are:
At Industria Sarmei – Campia Turzii, Romania. Part of an energy efficiency and waste minimisation strategy under an ISO14001 Environmental Management umbrella.
China – Liaoning Integrated Environmental Programme
Part of a major, 7-strand EU-Sino programme. The Industry EE activities required detailed studies of three sites: Fushun Cement, Fushun Steel and Hong Mai Gourmet Food. We explored the energy, raw material/ consumable item, water and waste-min saving opportunities at these energy-intense from: behavioural change, no/low cost EE activities, and investment opportunities.
Russia: RIEEP Programme
A programme supported by GEF via EBRD to promote Energy Management Systems and System Optimisation in large, energy intense industry. Activities include formal and on-the-job training of effective energy management systems for industrial sites, with a long-term view to ISO50001 accreditation.