Evaluating the Performance of Energy and Environmental Management Practice

4.1 Evaluation of Past Performance

In previous chapters, we have developed a framework for the implementation of energy and environmental management system (EEMS). We have emphasized the importance of dealing with people, decentralizing responsibility for energy and environment to individual energy cost centers (ECC), introducing a performance measurement system, and understanding the energy/production relationship. The diagram in Figure 4.1 summarizes these organizational and procedural considerations in a simple step-by-step guideline that integrates all of the actions, structures and procedures as necessary prerequisites for a successful EEMS operation. The diagram also reminds us that EEMS continuously seeks to identify significant interactions within an organization, which exercise combined influence on energy and environmental performance, and which provide the basis for decisions on performance improvement measures.

The prerequisite for the introduction of EEMS should be the evaluation of current energy and environmental performance and existing energy and environmental management practice, in order to establish the potential for improvement and assess to what extent proper management structures and procedures are already in place. The evaluation needs to focus on two aspects of energy and environmental management:

• Organizational, i.e. checking to what extent adequate management structures are in place, and how effective they are;

• Operational, i.e. establishing current energy and environmental performance in the factory, based on actual energy consumption and production data and related environmental issues.

Such an evaluation will have four main objectives:

• to establish the current position;

• to set directions and targets for performance improvement;

• to establish the base line for progress evaluation;

• to prepare an energy and environmental management action plan.

Applied Industrial Energy and Environmental Management Zoran K. Morvay and Dusan D. Gvozdenac © 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd

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