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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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.

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What's new?

Global energy efficiency progress could be far faster – IEA

17/11/2021
Though global progress on energy efficiency is recovering, a new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA): Energy Efficiency 2021, suggests n...

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Energy insight - Energy efficiency policies and regulations in the UK

27/08/2021
In this Energy Insight:Existing UK policies and regulationsEnergy-saving targets and plansUK rules and regulations concerning buildings and energyEner...

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Energy Insight: Energy efficiency and behaviour change

27/04/2021
"...wider societal changes will be needed.  [EI] Members emphasise the need for more engagement of energy consumers in the [energy] system. Adopt...

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UK net zero ‘impossible unless urgent action taken on energy efficiency’

05/04/2021
Urgent action should be taken to improve the energy efficiency of homes this decade, or the government’s legally enshrined target to be net zero carbo...

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UK green homes grant axed as new energy efficiency funding unveiled

27/03/2021
The UK government is to close its £2bn Green Homes Grant scheme on 31 March 2021, just six months after its inception.The energy efficiency programme,...

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Events and training

Level 1: Certificate in Energy Management Essentials - April 2022

25/04/2022
About: This introductory 5 day classroom course provides a comprehensive, practical overview of the fundamentals of energy management, equipping ...

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Level 1: Certificate in Energy Management Essentials - October 2022

03/10/2022
About: This introductory 5 day classroom course provides a comprehensive, practical overview of the fundamentals of energy management, equipping ...

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Level 3: Advanced Energy Manager

10/10/2022
This 10-day course is an advanced qualification aiming to support experienced energy managers to further advance their careers by gaining the skills a...

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L2: Energy and water efficiency

About this course: This online course provides an overview of the key energy and environmental benefits arising from attention to water-efficienc...

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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 qua...

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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 pub...

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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 b...

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