9Your business comprises three ‘things’ that consume energy – the Building, the Equipment within the building (which includes Processes) and the People.
Let’s think about People here – the lifeblood of your organisation.
I have two approaches to people within a Business and an Energy framework.
- Staff Awareness Training – where I try to ensure that the people who work for you understand their role in Energy Saving.
- Energy Management Training – where I provide guidance to enable you to carry out surveys yourself.
Over the years I have been contracted to provide Staff Awareness Training both in the UK and overseas to businesses keen to develop in-house energy efficiency programs – for example, Total Oil and the Fisheries Research Organisation both in Aberdeen who wanted presentations to 30-50 of their employees ranging from cleaning staff to senior management. These lunch-time sessions are fun (I think!), informative and always linked to energy use at home so that attendees take away something of value not just to your business but to themselves – totally engaging them in your efficiency drive and saving them money personally – one of the keys to ensuring employees have ownership over energy at work!
I have also spoken to businesses for the Carbon Trust at the Business Environment Partnership North East on the subject of “How Small Businesses Can Reduce Energy Waste”.
Energy Management Training is a different animal altogether – requiring a minimum of 2 days and often spread over somewhat longer periods – and this is where I give you or your representatives the basic grounding in carrying out internal energy audits. Depending on what you require for your business we might look at:
- Where energy is used in the business;
- Basics on energy supply, billing, metering and monitoring (including bill and meter reading);
- Benchmarking – where your business sits in your specific sector;
- Energy awareness amongst personnel;
- The Energy Audit – using the “Matrix”;
- Energy management;
- Sources of assistance.
Then we move onto the ‘meaty stuff’ to enable attendees to carry out their own audits and surveys, or you are a Manager, to draw up a specification for others to carry out the task.
On completion of this training attendees should be able to:
- Set up basic monitoring and targeting:
- Benchmark both internally and externally;
- Read and interpret meters and energy bills effectively;
- Carry out a basic Energy Survey of their organisation;
- Audit a process or energy consuming entity by breaking usage into manageable components;
- Assess the energy management structure of their organisation;
- Report their findings effectively – and identify priority areas, presenting cost-effective solutions with payback and ROI calculations.
Who Should Attend? Well my courses have included engineers, managers, some students, guys looking to change direction in their career – there is no formulaic delegate – nor indeed standardised course – I leave that to the big guys – but if you want to develop something highly specific to your business give me a call or drop me an email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Courses are charged based on my standard day rate so if you have four employees attending they will be charged the same as if you attend on your own – economy of scale. I am quite sure you can work out the benefits to your business.
Track Record – I was honoured to be contracted to provide training for engineers from the Bahrain National Electricity Company and Kuwait Oil Company so that they could work as “in-house” energy consultants – my thanks to IIR Gulf for a wonderfully productive week in Dubai. I would also like to thank Renaldo in Trinidad for taking on my services – a most interesting assignment – just a shame that electricity is so cheap in Trinidad that few people care about waste.
Closer to home I have helped establish Mark Le Lay in his Ener.je consultancy in Jersey and also Dave Armstrong with his Carbon Consulting Company in Manchester – both thriving companies providing quality industrial / commercial energy saving advice and services. In Dave’s case he has also developed the UKs first carbon neutral business park so well done Dave. Check out the project here: http://www.armstrongpoint.co.uk/