An image of responsibility for the organisation is increasingly important to customers and shareholders alike.
Many energy efficiency measures can also bring substantial benefits in terms of employee comfort through improved heating, insulation and the avoidance of cold spots. This can reduce staff turnover and improve productivity.
Minimising energy waste means saving money through lower energy bills, including lower Climate Change Levy payments. This means improved profits, and can help enable an organisation to price products and services more competitively.
Controlling energy costs through energy efficiency will help to mitigate the impact of increases in energy prices or taxes in the future. Organisations that have not looked seriously at energy efficiency can typically save 20% on their energy consumption, and consequent emissions of greenhouse gases, through no-cost and relatively low-cost measures, yielding significant reductions in their energy bills.
Wasting energy not only wastes money, it results in unnecessary pollution, particularly through emissions of the main greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide.
Global warming, with the consequent changes to sea levels, patterns of weather and of disease, is widely considered to be the single most important environmental issue facing us all.
By using fuel and electricity more efficiently, the organisation will be reducing its impact on the environment and helping the UK meet its international commitments.
Increasingly, regulation at both the UK and European level is being applied to drive improvements in energy efficiency. Energy efficiency is not just a matter of operating efficiently; it can also be a factor in operating legally.
Energy efficiency is an important factor in accreditation to environmental management systems such as ISO14001 and EMAS. Many organisations now require their suppliers to operate under such systems; good energy management can help supply chain obligations to be met.
Why bother with all this?
Good performance can be publicised, thereby establishing green credentials for the company.
Attention to energy efficiency often highlights deficiencies in other areas such as maintenance, process yield and quality, and so can bring significant additional productivity benefits.
IWFM (BIFM) Qualifications
This article relates to the following IWFM (BIFM) Qualification Units:
- IWFM (BIFM) Level 3 in Facilities Management
- FM3.02 CSR and Sustainability in Facilities Management
- IWFM (BIFM) Level 4 in Facilities Management
- FM4.01 Overview of Facilities Management
- FM4.19 Sustainability and Environmental Issues and their impact on FM
- IWFM (BIFM) Level 5 in Facilities Management
- FM5.01 Facilities Management Developments and Trends
- IWFM (BIFM) Level 6 in Facilities Management
- FM6.11 Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable Facilities Management