Efficiency and responsibility, a single approach
The importance and the benefits of Environmental Policies within organizations are widely recognized. The development of Energy Policies complete this shift towards total sustainability, enabling organizations to reduce costs and increase competitiveness in the market. We assist organizations in setting down Energy Policies, whose main aims include:
- To improve the level of energy efficiency
- To reduce primary energy consumption and the emission of climate-altering gasses
- To increase the quality and quantity of services regarding a rational use of energy
Defining an Energy Policy is the first step. It sets out the objectives, resources and procedures for establishing step two: the Energy Management System (EMS). The EMS involves the organization at all levels, and defining issues regarding planning, responsibilities, procedures, processes and resources.
While the central figure in developing an EMS is the Energy Manager, its outcome depends on the involvement of all the company departments, staff and suppliers. To achieve the best possible results in our work we ideally need to have a horizontal, transversal role and should ideally relate to and coordinate with the top management and with all the company departments:
- technical office regarding the organization of support functions for the implementation of refurbishments, retrofits and building systems updates;
- purchasing and marketing departments to actively influence the behaviour of all energy users involved in the organization through newsletters, publications and awards;
- logistics department in creating policies for the optimization of delivery and transport systems and vehicle-sharing systems, including the assessment of low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles;
- O&M to establish maintenance procedures for improving the performance of building systems, building components, and machinery.