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Energy efficiency could deliver 40% of the emissions abatement required by the Paris Agreement climate goals

Energy provides a host of useful services, but some methods of delivering those services use more energy than others... Read more

Energy provides a host of useful services, but some methods of delivering those services use more energy than others. This measure of useful output for each unit of energy input is termed energy efficiency, and efforts to systematically improve efficiency are an important aspect of energy management. Energy efficiency  is sometimes referred to as the “first fuel” since advancements in efficiency can achieve demand savings that displace energy generation that would otherwise be required. Improvements in energy efficiency can be achieved at many levels of the energy system, from generation facilities to home appliances and transport vehicles. Improved efficiency can lower energy costs without compromising the quality of energy products and services provided, and is consistently identified as one of the lowest-cost ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Efficiency programmes can also maintain system reliability without needing to install, upgrade, or replace transmission and distribution equipment, and contribute to greater energy security by reducing dependence on energy imports. While economic growth will likely demand increased services provided by energy, there is clear potential to sustain growth without necessarily increasing energy consumption, through efficiency improvements that are both cost-effective and widely available.

Energy management, as it involves assessing energy use and developing programmes to increase efficiency and reduce costs, is becoming an expanded focus of increasing importance for business strategy in the changing energy system. The availability of innovative, affordable technologies – in heating, lighting, insulation, small scale power generation and smart flexibility – is opening up myriad opportunities for better managing how we use energy. Those taking on business roles that involve energy management, including energy managers as well as sustainability consultants and facilities managers, guide investments in such technologies, redesign processes, retrofit buildings and equipment, and plan energy-related systems for new projects. They also assist businesses and other organisations in complying with legal energy and carbon reporting obligations that are getting more stringent in line with increasing environmental concerns. In tackling these complex challenges, energy management professionals need to pull levers across energy supply, efficiency, generation, demand management and behaviour change. Skilled, knowledgeable energy management professionals will achieve the most effective, enduring outcomes towards a global low carbon, efficient energy system.

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Training

Undertake our full core training courses and gain Level 1, 2 and 3 qualifications in energy management. Bite-sized modules are also available online and in-house training can be organised for your team.

Professional recognition

Gain recognition by joining the Energy Institute as a member and apply to be a chartered energy manager, your company can join in its own right too. Achieve verification of your expertise in providing energy efficiency advice by joining our Register of Professional Energy Consultants. Put yourself forward for our Energy Management Leader of the year award or enter a team project for our Energy Management EI Award.

Engagement tools

Change behaviour towards energy management in your organisation by using our tools: Understanding your energy culture and EnergyAware.

Online resources

Check out our Energy management collection to read our Energy Essentials: A guide to Energy Management and our Lighting Guide. Visit our ESOS resources and find a Lead Assessor. Brush up on your knowledge of energy management using our eLibrary, CPD articles and latest news and articles, or attend our Energy Efficiency Conference.

What's new?

Cool computing – the evolution of datacentre energy efficiency

1-12-2019
The ongoing increase in internet use globally is outstripping efforts to control the energy used both to operate and cool datacentres. But some new cooling technologies are available, reports Elliot Tawney.

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Energy Insight: Energy efficiency and behaviour change

11-11-2019
"...wider societal changes will be needed.  [EI] Members emphasise the need for more engagement of energy consumers in the [energy] system. Adopting new technologies and shifting demand through behavioural change are seen as necessary on the consumers' side."  Energy Barometer, Energy Inst...

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Global energy efficiency progress slows again

7-11-2019
Global primary energy intensity improved by just 1.2% in 2018, the slowest rate since the start of this decade, according to Energy Efficiency 2019, the International Energy Agency (IEA)’s annual report. The rate is lower than the 1.7% efficiency improvement seen in 2017 and marks the third con...

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Call to prioritise UK energy efficiency investment

11-10-2019
Several UK NGOs and businesses have published: Energy Efficiency First, a declaration calling on all political parties to make investment in home energy efficiency an infrastructure investment priority. The declaration says that to reach the UK’s legally binding net zero emission and fuel pover...

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A sub-zero lesson in energy efficiency

1-06-2019
The fourth in our series of articles from EI Young Professionals Networks is from the North East YPN Committee. Ross Winter looks at what the UK could learn about domestic energy efficiency from an Antarctic research base.

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Events and training

Middle East Sustainability Forum

10-12-2019
This is part of Middle East HSE and Sustainability Week – for the HSE Forum please click here.

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Energy Policy Debate: UK pathways to decarbonising heat

10-12-2019
In order to meet the UK’s net zero emissions target by 2050, every sector of the economy must be decarbonised. We have made strong progress in decarbonising power generation, thanks to improvements in efficiency, switching from coal to natural gas, and an increase in the share of renewabl...

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Level 1: Certificate in Energy Management Essentials - March 2020

2-03-2020
About: This introductory 5 day classroom course provides a comprehensive, practical overview of the fundamentals of energy management, equipping participants with all the essential knowledge and skills they need to save energy, reduce operational costs and carbon emissions, comply with legislat...

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UK MoD Aviation Fuels Committee Meeting

17-03-2020
Receive essential guidance and updates on aviation fuel specifications, including those for aviation turbine fuel, Def Stan 91-091 and aviation gasoline, Def Stan 91-090.

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Level 1: Certificate in Energy Management Essentials - June 2020

22-06-2020
About: This introductory 5 day classroom course provides a comprehensive, practical overview of the fundamentals of energy management, equipping participants with all the essential knowledge and skills they need to save energy, reduce operational costs and carbon emissions, comply with legislat...

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Technical guidance publications

Financial investment in energy efficiency

2008
Taken from Croner's Energy Management loose-leaf manual, this 30-page module identifies a number of accountancy techniques to help energy managers quantify potential savings by investing in energy efficiency. It outlines the basic principals of investment appraisal, explains the barriers to investin...

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Refurbishment for Improved Energy Efficiency: An Overview (CIBSE Knowledge Series)

2007
Aims to provide a concise overview of building services refurbishment with a focus on improving energy efficiency. This is a joint CIBSE and BSRIA publication that will provide guidance to building services engineers who are tasked with upgrading existing services. It will help building occupiers an...

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CIBSE Guide F: Energy efficiency in buildings

2004
Seeks to inform a very diverse audience and aims to be pertinent to many groups involved in buildings besides building services engineers, including building developers/financiers, specifiers, architects, surveyors, letting agents, energy managers and consultants and building owners/operators. Guide...

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