How mature is your company when it comes to energy management? Is it something you’ve ever considered? If you haven’t, you’re not alone.
The path to energy maturity often begins with little or no knowledge of energy consumption, conservation or sustainability. Less energy mature companies may consider the extent of conservation to be replacing incandescent bulbs with energy efficient CFLs, adjusting the thermostat and turning off lights and equipment when not in use.
For the leaders in energy management, energy efficiency is a way of life, a key element of corporate identity and valued as a significant competitive advantage.
Energy Management Maturity is measured over 6 essential characteristics:
- Vision and Strategy
- Plans and Objectives
- Organization and People
- System of Measurement
- Action and Continuous Improvement
Each is evaluated individually and assessed in one of the five levels of development: Apathy, Aware, Adopt, Accelerate, and Advantage. Honest evaluation of each characteristic provides a baseline from which a strategic plan can be designed and implemented to realize improvement, both individually and holistically.
You Can’t Fix What you Can’t See
The start of an energy management journey is one of visibility and awareness. A basic understanding about what is happening and where is essential to taking further steps regarding focus and initiatives for improvement.
Transformation from Energy Apathy to Energy Advantage does not result from some organizational epiphany. It requires a conscientious plan to strategically grow and nurture energy management. Each of the six characteristics will mature at its own pace.
Companies usually begin identifying and defining how energy efficiency can be approached to improve their results. Frequently, these areas will focus on bottom-line gains through:
- energy savings
- waste reductions
- efficiency gains
As the journey evolves, energy management becomes a strategic, top-line transformative initiative, enabling an organization to achieve its social responsibility goals, reduce greenhouse gases and create an accountable sustainability position for its stakeholders and customers.
As with any other mission critical initiative, effective energy management practices need to evolve or mature throughout an enterprise in a planned and synchronized manner. Be assured that significant energy savings can be achieved at each stage of maturity if a balanced energy management growth model is followed.
Entegreat’s “eZine” Embark on the Energy Management Maturity Journey highlights the difference between the Leaders in Energy Management and those who haven’t traveled very far. It also offers improvement suggetions for each of the 6 critical characteristics.
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