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Earth Day 2015: Who is responsible for energy efficiency in your business?

Today is Earth Day, a global annual event held to raise awareness of environmental protection. Earth Day has been marked on 22 April each year since 1970 and is celebrated by over a billion people in 192 countries.

When considering the energy efficiency of your building or process, do you know who has responsibility for it? The answer is everyone. From the boardroom to the shop floor, energy efficiency should be promoted, managed and practiced at each level of a business.


Support from company executives is vital to a successful energy-efficiency programme. There should be a board member who has responsibility for energy so that key performance indicators (KPIs) can be directly linked to business performance.


A company-wide energy policy means an official energy reduction plan and scheme of improvement projects can be implemented. Larger firms should consider following the ISO 50001:2011 energy management system standard. Not only does this promote good practice in establishing, maintaining and improving an energy management system, it’s a great way to boost the business’s reputation as an environmentally responsible organisation.


Appoint a person on each site to assume responsibility for energy management. These people should be capable of motivating staff to get involved with energy saving, whether it’s raising awareness or implementing an incentive programme. Other duties should include organising energy audits and regular site energy walks, with the latter designed to identify potential energy-saving opportunities.

Gibbons Engineering Group conduct energy audits across a wide range of industry sectors, helping businesses save energy and money on processes using electro-mechanical equipment such as electric motors, pumps, HVAC and variable-speed drives. For more information, call 01621 868138 or email

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