The purpose of step 1 is to obtain top management commitment and plan and organize an energy assessment. Without an approved plan, there is no commitment!
The output of step 1 is therefore a written proposal with selected steps and tasks to improve the company’s energy efficiency that is approved by top management. An approved plan will make steps 2 to 6 a lot easier!
Step 1 should take about 3 – 6 days. Tasks under step 1 and the estimated time needed include:*
- Task 1a: Meeting with top management (1-2 hours)
- Task 1b: Form a Team and inform staff (0.5-1 day)
- Task 1c: Pre-assessment to collect general information (1-3 days)
- Task 1d: Select focus areas (0.5-1 day)
- Task 1e: Prepare assessment proposal for top management approval (2-3 days)
*Note: the amount of time depends on, for example, the size of the plant, the number of people involved and the amount of information available.
How you start depends on who you are. If you are:
Top management of a company interested in improving energy efficiency, then you should identify which managers and staff members are needed to get a project started, and ask them to attend a first meeting with you. You can also ask an external facilitator to attend the meeting
Middle management (e.g. Production Manager, Environment Manager) and not part of top management, then you should request top management for a meeting and invite other managers and staff who are needed to get a project started to attend. You can also ask an external facilitator to attend the meeting
An external facilitator (e.g. consultant, CP Centre, research institute) with an interest in getting the company to improve its energy efficiency, then you should request top management for a meeting (or ask a company manager to organize a meeting for you). You can also ask for company managers who are needed to get a project started to attend the meeting
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