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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. 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.

Engagement tools

Change behaviour towards energy management in your organisation by using our tools: Understanding your energy culture and EnergyAware.

Online resources

Check out our Energy management collection to read our Energy Essentials: A guide to Energy Management and our Lighting Guide. Visit our ESOS resources and find a Lead Assessor. 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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A sub-zero lesson in energy efficiency

1-06-2019
The fourth in our series of articles from EI Young Professionals Networks is from the North East YPN Committee. Ross Winter looks at what the UK could learn about domestic energy efficiency from an Antarctic research base.

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A sub-zero lesson in energy efficiency

1-06-2019
The fourth in our series of articles from EI Young Professionals Networks is from the North East YPN Committee. Ross Winter looks at what the UK could learn about domestic energy efficiency from an Antarctic research base.

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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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Events and training

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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L1: Certificate in Energy Management Essentials - September 2019

23-09-2019
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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L3: Advanced Energy Manager

30-09-2019
This 10-day course is an advanced qualification aiming to support experienced energy managers to further advance their careers by gaining the skills and knowledge required to function successfully at a senior level and be able to manage energy across a wide range of business areas, activities and pa...

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Passivhaus – the technology to improve building energy efficiency

8-10-2019
Passivhaus is a well established concept that has been proven to reduce building energy usage significantly and needs to be employed more widely if we are to achieve Climate Change targets.

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Boiler User Group 2019: Energy from Waste, Biomass and Fossil Fuels

9-10-2019
Event held by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Fired boilers continue to play an important and significant role in the UK's generating fleet, alongside newer CCGT and renewable sources. While some older coal fired plants have been decommissioned, others continue to contribute to production c...

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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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