Energy management proves its value for Irish businesses
Wednesday 9th May 2012
The Sustainable Energy Authority of
Ireland (SEAI) released
figures at the end of last week demonstrating that a drive to improve
energy management by businesses in Ireland has seen them save €150 million in
These savings have been driven by the
rapid adoption of the International Energy Management Standard ISO 50001 in
June 2011. More than 190 Irish organisations have been certified, and the
energy management policies pursued by the organisations as a result of the
certification have driven the cost savings.
These figures make for interesting
reading as the policies and practices adopted by the Irish organisations could
influence energy management plans around the world. Indeed, SEAI head of
strategy and innovation Brian Motherway, said: "If we consider that energy
management systems have the potential to account for 60% of the entire global
energy use, their significance cannot be underestimated."
That 60% statistic is most enlightening
- showing the huge influence that energy efficiency and energy management
schemes could have. The news from Ireland comes at an opportune moment as
energy efficiency appears to be moving up the political agenda around the
Indeed, just last week a new
organisation was launched to help UK businesses
make the most of the energy efficiency proposals in the Green Deal. In many
ways businesses stand to gain even more from adopting energy efficiency
policies than domestic users - particularly for large organisations that can generate
quite staggeringly large energy bills.
And this is the crucial point - for energy users, suppliers and governments - energy
efficiency and energy management schemes aren’t just for show, nor are they a
side issue. They aren’t just about smart meters and smart grid either. And they
certainly shouldn’t be pursued for the sake of it.
The right policies, practices and new
products and services being developed by technology vendors, like Navetas,
aren’t just about lowering energy use, but delivering genuine benefits for
businesses. The figures from Ireland show just how significant they can be.
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