The Energy Institute is calling on all public and private sector organisations to take a more responsible and strategic approach towards energy efficiency in the workplace. The Institute’s Knowledge Manager Gareth Parkes, in an article published on i-fm.net, also cites the new international standard ISO 5001 as a way of establishing the necessary systems and processes.

Crucially, ISO 5001 requires organisations to understand where their energy is being consumed, measure it and identify opportunities for savings. This highlights one of the major challenges faced by facilities, estates and energy managers – namely understanding their energy consumption. This is because the required energy data will often be spread across many buildings in a range of different formats, quite possibly also involving sub-contractors. At the same time, generalised information management systems aren’t configured to deal with energy or other sustainability data. It is also clear that there needs to be effective communication between those who are managing energy and those who approve funding for investment in energy efficiency. So finding the energy consumption data is only part of the equation, it also needs to be analysed and reported on. The CRC module in our Sustainability iQ sustainability and carbon management system has been specifically designed to address these issues. Nor is its usefulness confined to those organisations participating in the Carbon Reduction, any organisation that needs to measure and manage energy can make use of it. The functionality of the CRC module ranges from initial entry, storage and auditing of all required information, calculation of carbon footprint, accurate prediction of future costs and powerful reporting features. All Sustainability iQ modules are very affordable, provided as remotely hosted ‘Software as a Service’ through a competitive monthly fee that can be met from revenue budgets.

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