What practices can businesses must adopt to boost energy efficiency?

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The edie website recently hosted a webinar featuring a leading panel of energy managers and industry experts, to get their thoughts on simplifying energy management.
 
The key takeaway from the discussion was that energy managers can drive employee engagement with company-wide energy efficiency initiatives, by communicating the positive impact of change and effectively publicizing energy management systems such as ISO 14001.
 
As one webinar speaker – Oliver Rosevear, energy and environment manager of Costa Coffee – explained, regular communication makes employees feel part of the solution, and understand the outcome of their actions. It's crucial, he says, "that energy managers let employees understand the benefit of the impact they are having."
That's why Costa runs a 'mini energy efficiency programme' to remind staff about things like keeping doors closed and switching off machines. But it's also important not to lose their interest by repeating the same message over and over again - "the key is to keep the message fresh," Rosevear adds.
 
This approach appears to be paying off. Costa Coffee was recently awarded the ISO 14001 certification for its self-serve 'Express' outlets, following a series of sustainability efforts. In itself, earning this award boosted engagement from employees and senior-levels executives, encouraging more investment in energy efficiency projects. (More info on this, CLICK HERE)
 
Later in the webinar, fellow speaker Claire Whitely - energy and environment manager for Hilton Worldwide - also emphasised the importance of energy management systems as being an effective behavioural change tool.
 
She explained that developing an in-house monitoring system had prompted the company to tweak and improve their existing efficiency measures. This included innovative corporate responsibility measurement platform LightStay, which improves the group's ability to manage energy usage at its 4,400 global properties.
 
"One of the biggest surprises was how having that level of understanding can really have an impact on the engagement of our team," Whitely stated adding: "If we can get every single one of them to really come together [...] then not only do we have the impact of behaviour change; it helps to bring everyone else along on the journey, and [...] brings a shift in the thinking of the organisation."
 
When asked what advice they would give to other companies looking to boost their energy efficiency, Whitely recommended that bosses get the data sent directly to them, so that they can show employees what has been achieved, and what needs improving.
 
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