07 July 2017
A new publication from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) highlights that for organisational energy management to be effective, it must be the responsibility of everyone with staff, contractors and visitors all having key roles.
The IET Guide to Energy Management aims to provide clear and concise information that can be developed and applied to a number of different building set-ups. The new Guide will help readers understand what managers, staff and guests should do to plan and deliver a coherent, successful energy management plan.
Often, the role of the energy manager is to turn the lights off, but for a business to operate successfully the role of the engineering manager is to keep the lights on. There may be a potential conflict of interest, but the energy manager and the engineering manager both need to work together. For energy managers, international document ISO 50001 provides a framework using the universal plan, do, check, act model that is often adapted to manage improvements in the engineering world.
The requirements covered in the Guide provide assistance in understanding the context of buildings and how to adapt the process to reduce the consumption of energy in a meaningful way.
Cameron Steel, the publication’s author, said: “Following extensive consultation and input from the best in the industry, I am pleased that the IET Guide to Energy Management is now published for engineers and energy managers alike. It contains tools, insights, best practice approaches and case studies, all collated in one document to guide organisations’ energy management programmes. Those with a non-technical background will also benefit from the publication.
“Like health and safety, energy management in the workplace should be everyone's problem. In the IET Guide to Energy Management, the various roles and responsibilities of staff, contractors and visitors are discussed. This will help you to understand what you, your colleagues and guests should be doing between you to plan and deliver a coherent, successful energy management plan for your particular organisation.”
For more information, visit www.theiet.org/resources/standards/em-guide.cfm.