1. Make Commitment
Appointing an Energy Director is a critical component of successful energy programs. An Energy Director helps an organization achieve its goals by establishing energy performance as a core value.
The Energy Director is not always an expert in energy and technical systems. Successful Energy Directors understand how energy management helps the organization achieve its financial and environmental goals and objectives. Depending on the size of the organization, the Energy Director role can be a fulltime position or an addition to other responsibilities.
• The Energy Director’s key duties often include:
• Coordinating and directing the overall energy program
• Acting as the point of contact for senior management
• Increasing the visibility of energy management within the organization
• Drafting an Energy Policy • Assessing the potential value of improved energy management
• Creating and leading the Energy Team
Decisions affecting energy use are made every day by people. Creating an energy team helps to integrate energy management. In addition to planning and implementing specific improvements, the team measures and tracks energy performance and communicates with management, employees and other stakeholders. The size of the energy team will vary depending on the size of your organization. In addition to the Energy Director who leads the team and possible dedicated energy staff, consider including a representative from each operational area that significantly affects energy use, such as:
• Operations and Maintenance
• Building/Facilities Management
• Environmental Health and Safety • Corporate Real Estate and Leasing
• Construction Management • Contractors and Suppliers
An Energy Policy provides the foundation for successful energy management. It formalizes senior management’s support and articulates the organization’s commitment to energy efficiency for employees, shareholders, the community and other stakeholders. Based on the experience of ENERGY STAR partners, successful organizations have energy policies that:
• State an objective — Have a clear, measurable objective that reflects the organization’s commitment, culture and priorities.
• Establish accountability — Institute a chain-of-command, define roles in the organization, and provide the authority for personnel to implement the energy management plan.
• Ensure continuous improvement — Include provisions for evaluating and updating the policy to reflect changing needs and priorities.
• Promote goals — Provide a context for setting performance goals by linking energy goals to overall financial and environmental goals of the organization.