The issue of energy supply has been in the global arena for no less than 40 years – since the 1973 oil crisis – which led to the creation of multilateral organizations such as the International Energy Agency (IEA), as well as the concept of Energy Securitybetween nations. Subsequently, in the 1990s, the possible depletion of fossil energy sources began, and the effects that their indiscriminate use was causing to the planet – global warming and climate change – although the latter reached popular consciousness with a delayed action of almost 10 years. And it was not until recently that society internalized, despite the very high costs of these services, that improving the energy performance of their organizations, that is, implementing energy efficiency measures, can contribute to the sustainable development of the country.
How to manage energy performance?
Once the objective of improving the energy performance of the organization has been identified, the first thing to do is control its consumption, and although it sounds simple, it must be borne in mind that to control them you must know them, thus reaching the maximum of the Management Systems: “ Only what is known and controlled can be improved”.
Now, when talking about the issue of energy efficiency, there are always “consulting” companies that show that the only alternative to reduce consumption is through technological replacement, or self-generation. This is nothing more than siren songs, since there are methodologies to quantitatively determine the most effective measures in the short, medium and long term that can be undertaken by organizations to reduce their energy consumption, within the framework of a clear policy, directed, and continuous improvement. In this way, the ISO 50001:2011 standard was born, which lays the foundations for the development of Energy Management Systems.
Obviously, both paths – technological replacement, and implementation of management systems – achieve the objective of reducing consumption; however, the following questions now arise: With the replacement, do you achieve the ability to control your consumption? Is the proposed technological investment the best in terms of cost/effectiveness that could have been made? Across your organization, are there no operational measures that can be implemented to reduce consumption? If any of your answers is “No” or “I don’t know”, the organization is applying isolated measures that probably will not be sustainable over time.
In conclusion, to manage the organization’s energy performance, one should not only consider how much billing was reduced through intensive capital investment, but also how to lay the foundations for its effective control, with timely management of information being the key. most valuable asset that can be owned. Going from seeing the installation as a black box to defining what, how much and when is consumed is the most important added value to consider, displacing the short-term vision for the long-term one, since it is the latter that will allow the achievement of the objectives set by the organization in an intelligent and sustainable way.
Published in: Success Factor Magazine, Edition V, 2016, pp. 48-50 ( See more of the magazine )