The environment and sustainability was something that we didn’t think much about in the past. The environment took care of itself and whatever damage we inflicted upon it. Energy sources seemed pretty abundant and there was not a hint of a threat of them running out. But it is not the scenario today. Today, energy sources are depleting too fast and repletion of them is not happening fast enough. Because of this, as organization, we have a corporate responsibility to be as energy efficient as possible. This applies to even those companies that do not produce any goods, but provide services only. Here are some ways that your company too can become energy efficient.
Establish a foolproof process
First and foremost, you need to establish a foolproof system to become energy efficient. This system should be able to make provisions for identification, reporting, planning, implementing, monitoring and improving energy efficiency of the company. There are some internationally accepted best practices such as ISO 50001 in Singapore, which you can make use of to establish your energy management system. While certification is not mandatory, organizations can still implement the standard to get the best energy saving results.
Many would be under the misconception that adopting these ISO best practices will be costly and time consuming. Just like there are firms to help you with conversion to ISO 9001:2015 there are many firms to help you implement ISO energy management system best practices and certifications.
Train the employees
Training is what makes or breaks your energy efficiency system. Now that you have established a system to make your organization energy efficient, there must be a lot of changes that you intend to implement. These can range from making your computers go on power saving mode to converting your factory premises to a more energy efficient design. You may have to request some of your employees to consider switching off the lights when they are not using them. Or request the employees to walk more and use less of the elevators. While all these ideas intend well, you will have to train your employees on them. Some may not take things in the right spirit. You will need to explain why the new energy saving system is implemented and the repercussions of the system to them and their daily work.
Any system needs continuous improvement and your energy management system is no different. Always have a process in place to assess the consistency and effectiveness of the system. If the system is not effective, train your employees to look for a better solution. Empowerment will go a long way in maintaining the system.