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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. 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

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

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Energy insight: Energy efficiency policies and regulations in the UK

9-04-2019
From 2002 to the end of 2017, total energy consumption in the UK fell by 10 percent  – and this despite the population rising by 19% from 55 million to over 66 million in the same period. This was achieved, in part, by increased energy efficiency. Final Energy Consumption by Sector in the UK, D...

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New fuel pairs emissions reduction with energy efficiency

3-04-2019
Eni and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) have teamed up to develop ‘A20’, a new fuel offering a low level of emissions due to its 15% methanol and 5% bio-ethanol alcohol content. According to the companies, the new alternative fuel emits up to 3% less  CO2 exhaust emissions quantified using...

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Harnessing London’s underground heat and retrofitting NYC – EI Energy Efficiency conference

28-03-2019
Big city energy management challenges from both sides of the pond were discussed at EI’s annual Energy Efficiency Conference this week in London.Transport for London’s Senior Energy Strategy Manager Alex Gilbert provided an insight into a transit system expected to spend £6 billion on energy by 2030...

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New York continues to move on energy efficiency, storage and solar power

25-01-2019
New York State is introducing aggressive development plans despite federal government indifference to climate change. Late last year, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the state’s Public Service Commission had approved two initiatives that will increase New York’s energy efficiency ...

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Energy efficiency key to global emissions reduction – IEA

7-11-2018
If the right energy efficiency policies were enacted globally this could on its own see greenhouse gas emissions peak in the next few years and then drop – even if the global economy doubled by 2040.This is the headline finding of the International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) latest analysis on energy e...

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Events and training

Financing challenges for a transforming energy industry

5-06-2019
Attend to discuss the latest challenges and financial solutions that will manage risks and facilitate the development of the future energy mix to meet consumers’ requirements.

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Visit to the Bombay Sapphire Distillery

6-06-2019
In building a modern distillery at Laverstoke Mill every reasonable effort has been made to ensure the processes and buildings are as sustainable and efficient as possible.

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Technical Seminar on Hydrogen Economy in Hong Kong

15-06-2019
The Energy Institute Hong Kong and the Ability R&D Energy Research Centre of City University of Hong Kong jointly organize a half-day Technical Seminar on Hydrogen Economy in Hong Kong with support from the Power Assets Holdings Ltd and Northern Gas Networks.

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L1: Certificate in Energy Management Essentials - June 2019

17-06-2019
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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Supply and distribution: organisation, operations and economics - September 2019

2-09-2019
This 3-day training course is designed for those who are or will be operating in the Supply & Distribution functions and will provide the background knowledge to allow them to take the right decisions on how to supply the network at the right cost. 

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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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