In today’s highly competitive global market it is critical for companies to have an in-depth understanding of their energy use.

An effective energy management system (EnMS) helps organisations measure their energy consumption and determine which strategies are most likely to drive savings, increase profits and minimise greenhouse gas emissions.

It also provides decision-makers with solid data on how to make better use of their existing assets, pinpoint where energy reductions can be made and make informed decisions on when to upgrade equipment or adopt new technologies.

Developing an energy management system

There is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to developing an EnMS.

Every organisation will be unique in terms of its corporate culture, operating environment, commercial activities and outputs, so its important your EnMS aligns to your existing business priorities and is relevant to your business processes, size and structure.

If you are considering implementing an EnMS, this website (www.eex.gov.au) has been developed specifically to help step you through the process with a range of resources, handbooks, guides and toolkits and case studies relevant to your industry.

For those companies who already have an EnMS and policy in place, the site offers the latest information, best practice standards and case studies for businesses to draw on to see how they are tracking nationally and internationally.

Energy efficiency assessments

To deliver real value to an organization, energy efficiency assessments require proper planning, scoping and resourcing, coupled with a communication strategy that engages and encourages ownership with all key stakeholders and staff.

Before starting an assessment, map out what you need to know, and what resources are required to ensure audits are part of a continuous improvement strategy, not a one off activity. For example:

  • do you know where your energy is being used and do you have the right resources and tools to produce a more detailed analysis?
  • do you have the right processes and people in place to identify, develop and prioritise opportunities?
  • once a project is selected and implemented, can you provide ongoing monitoring to measure and communicate how effective the implementation was?

The bottom line is the more detailed your data and the more you can integrate your EnMS into your existing business processes, the more effective your business will be when it comes to reducing energy costs and gaining a competitive advantage.

For more information on energy management systems go to www.eex.gov.au and visit the Energy Management section of the site.

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