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. 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.
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.
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. Achieve verification of your expertise in providing energy efficiency advice by joining our Register of Professional Energy Consultants. Put yourself forward for our Energy Management Leader of the year award or enter a team project for our Energy Management EI Award.
a year over the past five years is the average improvement achieved in energy intensity, based on the IEA Net Zero Emissions by 2050 Scenario this needs to reach 4% over 2020-2030 (IEA)
is the target date to phase out the sale of new and replacement gas boilers in the UK with the aim to move to low-carbon heating such as heat pumps and hydrogen (BEIS)
of support for decarbonising UK buildings accompanies the Heat and Building Strategy launched in 2021 (BEIS)
efficiency jobs could be created by 2030 if there is enhanced investment (IEA)
UK government launches new home insulation scheme
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European Parliament backs plans to boost renewable energy and SAF uptake
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UK North Sea emissions down three years in a row
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Call for UK government to adopt Recharge UK recommendations
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‘First of its kind’ gravity energy storage system being built in China
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Events and training
MGP: Recommended practices for CH4 emissions quantification and detection
Recommended Practices for CH4 emissions detection and quantification - Flaring destruction and combustion efficiencies We present this webinar in...
Level 3: Advanced Energy Manager
09/10/2023 - 26/02/2024
This 10-day course is an advanced qualification aiming to support experienced energy managers to further advance their careers by gaining the skills a...
Net Zero for Professionals - December 2023
04/12/2023 - 05/12/2023
This course provides a comprehensive, practical overview for those preparing their organisation for their net zero future.About:This 2 day classroom c...
Technical guidance publications
Research report: Application of life cycle assessment methodology to the understanding of the energy balance and efficiency of hydrogen value chain building blocks
This document is free to download for registered users.This publication explores the efficiencies of the hydrogen energy system and quantifies the ene...
Best available techniques (BAT): Good practice for the oil and gas industry
This guidance has been produced to inform good practice when undertaking best available techniques (BAT) assessments for offshore combustion equipment...
EI 1533 Quality assurance requirements for semi-synthetic jet fuel and synthetic blending components (SBC)
EI 1533 provides quality assurance requirements and recommendations for the manufacture of synthetic (jet fuel) blending components (in accordance wit...
Guidance on ensuring control room operator (CRO) competence
This publication is free to download for registered users.Control room operators (CROs) perform a critical role in running normal operations, infreque...
Research report: Modelling toxic hazards of sour water releases – consolidated knowledge of sour water releases physics and chemistry
The EI's Process Safety Committee (PSC) has identified that many petroleum refinery and gas separation plant process operations generate aqueous solut...