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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Energy efficiency policies to be sharpened in Brussels

The European Commission sees the improvement of energy efficiency policies as an essential part of its overall ‘green deal’ approach towards net zero, as Keith Nuthall reports.

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Inching forward on energy efficiency for UK homes and battery storage

The government has taken a couple of small steps in the last week to aid progress towards meeting its long-term net zero ambitions.First, it to relax planning legislation to make it easier to develop large-scale battery systems to store electricity generated at solar and wind farms. Ministers are in...

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Energy efficiency for SMEs

Small businesses sometimes choose to stay out of discussions around energy efficiency. Here, Jo Southernwood and Tony Day of the International Energy Research Centre detail a cost-effective plan to help them realise the benefits of energy audits.

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Energy efficiency – improving ‘m’ to reduce ‘E’

As the world’s population, energy demand and emissions continue to rise, Sandy Jayaraj argues that focusing on the ‘mass’ of our structures is a key part of the solution – via a famous equation.

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Events and training

EI Live free webinar | Resilience out of crisis: the role of HSE in building a sustainable recovery

Please note that registration closes at 17:00 GMT on 15 March 2021.In conversation with H.E. Shaikh Mohamed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Minister of Oil, Kingdom of Bahrain. COVID-19 and the low oil price have forced organisations to rapidly adapt their operations, all while sustaining the industry&rsquo...

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EI Live free webinar | Fostering a sustainable energy future post COVID-19

Please note that registration closes at 17:00 GMT on 16 March 2021.In conversation with H.E. Dr. Abdul Hussain Bin Ali Mirza, President of the Sustainable Energy Authority, Bahrain.In 2021 governments will meet for COP26 in the backdrop of a world profoundly changed by the impact of COVID-19.How can...

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EI LIVE | Level 1: Certificate in Energy Management Essentials - April 2021

About: This introductory 5 day virtual blended 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 legisla...

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EI LIVE | Energy Efficiency 2021

Discover the latest approaches and strategies in energy efficiency that can help the UK reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

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Level 3: Advanced Energy Manager

This 10-day course is an advanced qualification aiming to support experienced energy managers to further advance their careers by gaining the skills and knowledge required to function successfully at a senior level and be able to manage energy across a wide range of business areas, activities and pa...

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Technical guidance publications

Financial investment in energy efficiency

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)

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

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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