The aim of this handbook is to provide operational managers with a guide to leading practice energy management. ‘Leading practice’ describes how specific operational and strategic issues are addressed in the most effective manner at a particular point in time. In this publication, leading practice energy management is defined as the best way to improve the energy performance of a given site in a way that best contributes to its business objectives.

This guide is structured in three parts.

Part 1 is focused on developing and communicating the business case for energy management. Establishing the benefits and tailoring messages to motivate key stakeholders is essential. It helps to motivate and engage management and staff so that they actively support energy management initiatives.

Part 2 is about integrating energy management into management systems. This is required to ensure that there is an ongoing and structured focus on energy management. It includes establishing a policy and plan, developing an effective energy information system and regularly tracking and reporting energy performance.

Part 3 is focused on technology and operating practices. Ultimately, it is through the implementation of projects and changes in practices that energy performance improves.

These essential components of leading practice—the business case, management systems, technology and operating practices—work in combination to deliver ongoing improvement in energy performance (Figure 1).

This handbook is aligned with and supports relevant Australian and international standards, including ISO 50001 Energy management systems—requirements with guidance for use and the AS/NZS 3598:2014 series for conducting energy audits.

Figure 1: Three essential components of leading practice energy management

Figure 1: Three essential components of leading practice energy management

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