Energy efficiency – a pain or a part of a company’s environmental responsibility?

“It is not worth doing any reviews here”.” We don’t want yet another system”.” Yes, we know our savings targets”. “It’s pointless to start saving on lighting when the production process consumes 90% of the energy”. “All the adjustments have been made and we should now invest but the head office isn’t giving us any money”. “It’s useless to make any savings, when the largest emissions come from completely different countries.”

If all Finnish companies reacted this way in improving energy efficiency and reducing carbon dioxide emissions, we could just directly reject Europe’s common environmental goals. Also, nothing would have changed in recent decades if Finnish companies had not taken responsibility for the burden on the environment. For example, the state of our waterways near paper mills would have been catastrophic.

The fact, however, is that the wasted energy costs money. On top of that wasting energy produces much more CO2 emissions. You would think every party that consumes energy would be interested in reducing both kilowatt hours and their environmental impacts. Whether it be for their business, customers or simply for the sake of their environmental accountability.

 

Energy efficiency is an integral part of a company’s environmental responsibility

The law forces large companies to conduct energy audits every four years. For many, this means just a pain to deal with. The smartest companies take advantage of the results of the legislation.

A responsible company fulfills its obligations in well advance, implements the proposed cost-saving measures. Lastly utilizing the savings achieved in building their image towards a sustainable pioneer and communicates the good results to their as customers.

SME’s continue to receive state support for reviews. Additionally, all parties that have joined the energy efficiency agreement can apply for investment support for conventional energy efficiency investments. Therefore, proving that energy efficiency doesn’t depend on the lack of incentives.

If the ISO14001 environmental system is commonplace, it makes the most sense for a company to introduce ISO50001 as an energy management system. ISO50001 mainly complements the operation of the ISO14001 system. There is no need to fear a large amount of extra work due to the change. For companies with international operations, an international quality system would be better in terms of image alone than just the narrow national energy efficiency law.

Improving energy efficiency is worth making a natural part of a company’s environmental responsibility. Goals must be implemented within the whole organization in every function and amongst all personnel.

Energy efficiency must in no case be a pain to deal with or a disjointed part of social responsibility. There are only couple years left until the next round of inspections of the Energy Efficiency Act for large companies.

Now is the time to make the plans for how the company will meet its energy efficiency obligations in the future: dictated by coercion and meeting only the minimum requirements or by pioneering in energy efficiency.

Contact us, and we at EnerKey will tell you how to make our customers’ energy efficiency easy and profitable.