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Implementing an Energy Management System (aka ISO 50001) – the key to successful corporate energy efficiency

Ever felt frustrated because of energy wastage? Whilst energy efficiency is seen as an effective way of cutting costs and reducing carbon emissions, for many corporations and governments energy efficiency initiative just never seem to get off the ground.

In Implementing an Energy Management System (aka ISO 50001) – the key to successful corporate energy efficiency participants learn how to get lift-off for energy efficiency. On completion participants will know what is involved in getting an organization to have a systematic, performance-based approach to energy efficiency and will have developed a draft energy management plan for their own organization.

This course starts on Tuesday 9 August 2017.

Energy efficiency has been likened to picking up $100 notes off the floor. So why then isn’t energy efficiency routinely just part of good corporate management?

Answering this question involves understanding the factors that determine the energy used by an organization.

Energy used in any building or industrial process is determined by the design of the building/process, and the energy management practices employed.

Improving the energy design usually involves upgrades, such as changes to plant and equipment, or perhaps the installation of rooftop solar PV to offset poor design. This is capital intensive.

Good energy management practice mean that, as part of business as usual, the configuration of controls, occupant behaviour and maintenance practices are geared to minimising energy use whilst maintaining good working conditions. It means that all procurement, from fridges through to vehicles and buildings, considers energy efficiency. It means policies on everything from staff inductions, through to its investment policies consider carbon and energy.

What happens in the absence of a systems based approach to energy management?

Unfortunately most corporations lack a systems based approach to energy management which (a) ensures that good energy management practices are part of business as usual; and (b) allocates or sources the necessary resourcing to make investments that improve the energy design of buildings and processes.

An organization spending $2m on energy use cannot achieve very substantial reductions in energy use (and thus its carbon footprint) without a very strong energy management culture and without investing several millions of dollars to upgrades. And whilst some corporations, such as local governments, may have aspirational goals to achieve carbon neutrality, all too often they only allocate a negligible budget to do so and often put their faith in energy audits. Hoping that somehow the “low-cost / no-cost” measures identified by the energy auditor will be able to multiply by reinvestment of savings to eventually achieve large reductions.

But considering that:

  • The “low-cost/no-cost” measures identified in the audit are invariably focussed on energy management practices;
  • A strong energy management culture is generally absent;
  • “Low-cost/no-cost” actually means “low capital, but changing the way things are done” (which can be easier said than done);

The savings are usually small, don’t multiply as expected and energy audits often end up being nothing more than expensive paper weights.

An alternate approach to this, one that has been emerging since 2011 when ISO 50001: Energy Management Systems was published, is to embed good energy management practices into business as usual and to create a culture of continued improvement in energy performance.

Implementing an Energy Management System (aka ISO 50001) – the key to successful corporate energy efficiency – is a fundamentals course on what is involved in energy management. Whilst not directly aligned with ISO 50001, it is based on many of the same principles. On completion of the course students will know what is involved in getting an organization to have a systematic approach to energy efficiency and will have developed a draft energy management plan for their own organization.

Learning outcomes

Participants will learn:

  • What effective energy management is, and the indicators of it, by examining 2 energy management case studies (carbon savings of nearly 50% were achieved in one of these case studies).
  • How to develop an energy management policy and have good energy management practices embedded into other policies.
  • About effective approaches to change management.
  • How to develop an energy management plan. A key exercise in the course is the drafting an energy management plan for your own organization.
  • What resources are required to engage in effective energy management.
  • About ISO 50001 and formal certification to the ISO 50001 standard.

Who should attend

  • Government (federal, state, local) sustainability managers
  • Those with responsibility for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in any company or organization.
  • Corporate energy or facility managers.
  • Consultants advising energy users on sustainability / energy management.

Course participation gives you

  • Course materials
  • Assessments and feedback
  • Participation in face to face discussions (online) with other students and your instructor
  • The benefits of “blended learning”, with small class sizes (as outlined below)
  • Access to templates and other materials

Lesson outline

The course is delivered over 5 lessons, as outlined below:

  1. The benefits of good energy management and thinking of energy management in terms of a system.
  2. What are the elements of an effective energy management system
  3. Developing the business case for adopting an energy management system for a corporation
  4. Rolling out an energy management system
  5. Discussion and review of each student’s draft energy management plan

Your instructor

The course is being delivered by Bruce Rowse. Bruce has worked in energy efficiency since 2002, consulting to a wide range of Australian governments and corporations.

Blended learning

This course is delivered as a blended learning course.

Blended learning involves both self-study and face to face interaction via video conferencing to get the best of both.

In the face to face classes you get the benefit of interaction and discussion with others in the class and the instructor. It’s something that you can’t get by watching a video by yourself on-line. Also you can be inspired and motivated by other participants, and learn more about their industry. And, let’s face it, if the catering is well done, you might really enjoy lunch time!

On the other hand on-line training, particularly training that has in-built assessment and is well structured to gradually build up skill and knowledge at your own pace, has many advantages too. You don’t need to waste time listing to an explanation of something you already understand – you can just skip through to the assessment at the end of the lesson. Alternatively you aren’t being left behind as you might be in a face to face environment where the curricula needs to be covered in a set time. And it can be a LOT cheaper. Even more so when you don’t have travel and accommodation expenses.

So how can you get the best of both worlds? The interaction that comes with face to face training, and the subject mastery that comes from a well-designed on-line course, along with the lower costs? Blended training!

Blended training has a mixture of face to face and online by-yourself training and assessment.

The face to face training is delivered using video conferencing with small class sizes. By having a maximum of 9 students group interaction is possible on the video calls and you can actually see everyone on screen. The face to face component is also structured to provide one on one interaction with the other students and the instructor.

The online component is delivered via an learning management system, with a big focus on assessments at the end of each lesson. If you have undertaken one of Bruce’s on-line courses already you’ll be familiar with this. Look at anyone who is an outstanding performer in any endeavor and you’ll see a focus on continuous improvement, improvement which can only come about through feedback.* Bruce structures all his online courses in such a way that students have to practice the skills taught in the assessments, and then are given feedback on this. This takes a lot more time to prepare and structure an on-line lesson and its assessment than it does to give the same lesson face to face, or to just record a video presentation and not bother with an assessment. But  students learn more as a result!

Each week during the course you are expected to complete one online lessons and undertake an assessment. A video conference is held weekly to address any questions, to explore that week’s topic(s) in more detail, and to provide the opportunity to learn from other students. Short one on one discussions with other students and the trainer are scheduled as well.

In order to pass the course and be issued with a certificate by the Clean Energy Academy, you must participate in all of the video conferences and pass each of the assessments (each lesson has an assessment where you get to practice any skills and your knowledge is tested) by the end date of the course. (If you don’t pass any of the assessment you can repeat it, as many times as necessary).

*If you are interested in learning more about this I suggest reading the work of Anders Ericsson and his concept of deliberate practice. Contact me if you would like to get a detailed mind-map summarizing this concept.

Course dates and time commitment

The course starts the week beginning Monday 8 August 2017 and runs for 5 weeks. The weekly video discussion will be on Tuesday during business hours (time to be advised), and run for an hour.

The estimated time commitment is around 2 to 3 hours per week

Limited class size

Only 9 students will be accepted into the class, in order to enable effective interaction and get the benefits of face to face interaction with other students.

Course requirements

The video discussions will take place via Skype. You must have a Skype account and be willing to share your Skype ID with other students.

Please ensure that you meet the video conference requirements:

  • A computer or tablet with a web-cam and Skype.
  • A reasonably fast internet connection.
  • Very good audio quality. Poor audio quality is the number one communication problem with any online group discussion, and one participant with bad audio can wreck it for everyone else. You should have a headset microphone.
  • Attendance in a quiet area where background noise won’t distract everyone (A headset microphone can help cut down background noise).

 

 

 

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