Develop an energy management policy
Your energy management policy sets out your organisation’s broad intentions and goals with respect to energy use and management.
Your energy management strategy shows how you’ll put your policy into action.
This is public statement about your business’ energy management goals that can appear in company documents such as annual reports. It should cover four key areas:
- commitment: a simple statement about the organisation’s commitment to energy management and ongoing energy performance improvement
- policy: an explanation of the key reasons for a focus on energy management
- objectives: a description of the high level goals for energy management, and the resources committed
- immediate aims: a list of the specific activities the organisation will undertake (and by when) to set the organisation on the path to energy efficiency.
Here’s an example of an energy management policy to help you develop your own.
Our declaration of commitment
We are committed to responsible energy management and will practise energy efficiency throughout all our premises, plant and equipment, wherever it’s cost effective.
Our policy is to control energy consumption to avoid wasted expense, to improve cost-effectiveness, productivity and working conditions and protect the environment.
Our long term goals are:
- buy fuels at the most economic cost
- use energy as efficiently as is practicable
- reduce pollution that our energy consumption causes
- reduce our dependence on fossil fuels with on-site and renewable energy.
Our short term goals are:
- to control our energy consumption by reviewing and improving our purchasing, operating, motivation and training practices [insert date]
- to appoint an energy manager [date]
- to invest in an energy-saving programme [date]
- to set up a reporting system [date].