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Energy Performance Indicators

A pre-conference workshop organised by eceee as part of the Energy Efficiency Watch 3 project.

Date and time: Monday 12 September 2016, 10.30–14.30. A simple sandwich lunch is offered to participants.
Venue: Die Kalkscheune, Berlin (conference venue for Industrial Efficiency 2016)
No registration fee.


Moderator: Erik Gudbjerg, YourEnergy, Denmark

Overview of issues related to energy performance measurement

10:30 - 11:30
Liam Mc Laughlin, GEN Europe. See pesentation here
Brian Motherway, International Energy Agency. See presentation here
Peter Bach, Danish Energy Agency. See presentation here

11:30 - 11:40  short break

11:40 - 12:00
Thomas Björkman, Swedish Energy Agency. See presentation here

One potential tool to allow organisations to monitor their energy performance

12:00 - 12:20
Knut Grabowski, Ökotec, Germany. See presentation here

12:20 - 12:30
Q & A

12:30 - 13:00  sandwich break

13:00 - 14:30

Energy Efficiency Measurement - Benefits and Barriers

We believe that energy efficiency is an effective, economical and socially beneficial approach. It is a critical part of our tool box in the fight against climate change. It should be the "first fuel" in our energy balance. It is financially very attractive.

If energy efficiency is to achieve its full potential, it is critical that we can accurately and reliably measure energy efficiency and energy savings. We also need to make the measurement methodologies a standard part of our approach to verifying energy efficiency improvements at the enterprise level. There are many barriers to achieving the full potential of energy efficiency. These barriers include inconsistent policies and incentives at national and EU level. They also include lack of education and training among practitioners and end users on how to measure energy efficiency improvements properly.

Often energy saving initiatives do not achieve their full potential and this fact is unknown to the end user. This applies whether the initiative involves capital investment or is achieved through no and low cost operational control measures.

There are a number of related activities which need a paradigm shift in approach in order for them to allow energy efficiency to flourish. These include:

  • The quantification of energy savings from an energy efficiency project in an organisation.
  • The measurement of energy performance improvement in an organisation as a whole.
  • The routine measurement and monitoring of energy performance in an organisation.

Examples of methodologies that are used and often required at organisational, corporate and national levels include energy intensity and specific energy consumption (SEC). These methodologies are being demonstrated to be inaccurate at best and often present real barriers and disincentives to real energy efficiency improvement. An example of this is the EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS), which requires organisations to measure energy performance in terms of SEC. These methodologies are easily and commonly used as "greenwash" to pretend that energy efficiency is improving.

There are a number of papers and presentations [Länk till accepted presentations] at eceee’s Industrial Efficiency 2016 event that demonstrate the above points. The purpose of the side event is to bring together the ideas from these papers and other speakers to generate a proposed coherent approach at ECEEE level and at national, EU and organisational level to this critical topic.

From the point of view of climate change, energy efficiency needs to deliver absolute reductions in carbon emissions, not improvements in energy intensity and other ratios. From the point of view of financial savings, we also need to know if real money is being saved.

The output of this side event will be an increase in shared knowledge on the topic including its importance and how it can become a driver for change and improvement and not a hindrance. The outputs will also include the results of discussion of different approaches to energy efficiency measurement including the International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol (IPMVP), ISO50015 (Measurement and verification of energy performance of organisations), ISO17747 (Determination of energy savings in organizations), ISO50001 (Energy Management Systems) and ISO50006 (Measuring energy performance). It is desirable that an output would include a direction on how to address the limitations of the current methodologies.

Please contact eceee@eceee.org if you wish to attend. The event is free of charge.


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