Develop an energy management strategy

Your energy management strategy shows how you’ll put your energy management policy into action. It establishes key roles and responsibilities, levels of resourcing (HR and funding), and specific deliverables such as action plans, reporting and communication.

Review your strategy regularly to make sure changing goals, priorities and businesses are taken into account.

Develop an energy management policy

What to put in your strategy

Your Energy Strategy should cover the following areas:

  • Strategic: define your long term strategic problems and goals, and how they’ll be addressed
  • Management: identify who will be responsible for your Energy Strategy and define their roles
  • Resources: identify the internal and external resources required
  • Financials: identify the budget and financial objectives, investment criteria and life-cycle costing
  • Reporting and monitoring: specify which information will be monitored, and the reporting mechanisms and timeframes.

Sample strategy

Here’s an example of an energy management strategy to help you develop your own.

Our Energy Management Programme

This Energy Management Programme acts on our policy goals that link strategic goals with our business objectives.

Implementation

Our energy manager will develop an annual business plan for energy management. Working with the financial manager, the energy manager will establish and review annual funding requirements for the programme, appropriate investment criteria and financial targets.

Responsibilities

The energy manager coordinates energy management activities, formulates and implements energy policy and is accountable to the chief executive. Our organisation’s end-users are responsible for controlling energy consumption.

The energy manager will chair a monthly meeting of the energy management team of representatives from each energy-consuming section.

Structure

Managers will set energy use targets with the energy manager, who’ll review any upgrades or new capital development work.

Reporting

The energy manager will give the chief executive a monthly report on energy consumption and energy management activities.

Communication

The energy manager will provide regular progress reports to relevant end-users, budget-holders, other managers and the energy management committee.

Action Plan

In the next 12 months, we will prepare a costed programme of work.

Resources

The number of energy management staff for the coming year will be [one] Full Time Equivalent (FTE) per $5 million of energy spend. Annual funding will be $[specify], representing a minimum of 5% of each division’s annual expenditure on energy.

Review

The energy management strategy, programme and activities will be subject to periodic review. An annual audit of activities will be prepared on behalf of the energy manager and presented to the board, with relevant extracts circulated to managers, budget holders and end-users. Energy management achievements will be noted in the annual report.