Appoint an energy manager
If your business is going to develop and implement a successful energy plan, it’s vital you appoint an internal champion who is responsible for energy efficiency and accountable for its successful delivery.
The role doesn’t need to be a full-time or even a formal position – it could be incorporated into an existing role. But it’s important to ensure that responsibility is specifically delegated and included in the person’s job description.
An energy manager is likely to have an engineering, technical, relationship management, financial or administration background. As well as a firm grasp of financial principles, they’ll need to have patience and the ability to work independently. They must also be a persuasive communicator and motivator.
The role of an Energy Manager will change as an organisation’s energy management activities develop. Initially the focus will be on gaining an understanding of your energy consumption, then move to investing in energy-saving measures before, finally, looking to maintain control over consumption.
Sample job description for an energy manager
- Oversee formulation and implementation of your energy policy
- Introduce systems to inform management about energy use
- Report appropriate energy use information to accountable staff and management
- Develop policies and procedures for buying energy, and assist with contract negotiations
- Raise and maintain energy awareness throughout your organisation Introduce and maintain effective housekeeping and plant operating procedures
- Identify training needs for energy-related skills Identify opportunities to increase energy efficiency
- Formulate an investment programme to reduce energy consumption
- Introduce procedures to evaluate energy-related projects and monitor savings
Key responsibilities of an energy manager
- identifying and quantifying energy use in different areas
- reviewing buying strategies
- ensuring plant and equipment are operated in the most energy-efficient way
- reviewing training programmes