Energy Management starts with Facility Management by Dr. ir Johannes Drooghaag

Energy Management starts with Facility Management

In heavy industry sectors where energy consumption of the process can reach up to 40% of the operational costs, but also in operational units where energy consumption represents less than 1% of the operational costs, the quality of Facility Management is driving impact on energy consumption. According to the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), facility management is “a profession that encompasses multiple disciplines to ensure functionality of the built environment by integrating people, place, processes and technology.”

With this in mind, it is logical that many organizations assign the responsibility of Energy Management to the Facility Manager. The challenge for many Facility Managers is however the lack of mandate and integration in the Leadership Team and management processes of the organization.

Assigning an Energy Champion for your business will only lead to success when the Champion has a clear mandate and is fully integrated in your management process. The models for ISO:50001 Energy Management and ISO:14001 Environment Management show the importance of integration and mandate for the Champions for these areas.