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key EMA initiatives and schemes
1- Low Energy Company (LEC) Energy Management Training Initiative
Often the EMA learns that the human factor is left out of energy management. Over the last year the EMA has been developing and promoting the LEC training. The LEC training communicates the importance of energy management and energy reduction through various training routes. It starts with bringing the energy efficiency gospel into schools, through to raising awareness and adopting actual reduction measures in a workplace, to enhancing the energy management profession by training energy managers. More info
In order to raise the energy awareness about the impact of energy consumption and encourage young people to take responsibility for changing their energy consumption behaviour, the EMA has introduced the energy management schools course last year.
The Schools’ Course pilot was based at Highgate School and we would have taken steps for it to be rolled out across the UK.
These two training levels embed energy reduction training within organisational practices and establish it as a nationwide standard across all industries. They also equip individuals with the skills and knowledge required to reduce their personal energy consumption within the workplace.
To date there have been a number of LEC Stage 1 and Stage 2 courses developed that can be used to train individuals across any organisation and provide them with a practicable and transferable skills.
The EMA has worked with a number of employers on developing Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standard for a Junior Energy Manager. The Apprenticeship Standard has been developed as part of the Government’s successful Trailblazer programme and it has been published by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. By running the Apprenticeship in Energy Management we aim to address the shortage of trained energy managers and the need for basic in-house energy management skills which can benefit many organisations.
The completion of the Junior Energy Manager apprenticeship programme will lead to the LEC Stage 3 EMA Recognised Energy Manager status, and the first apprentices undertaking the programme will start this autumn.
The LEC Stage 3 and LEC Stage 4 focus on developing energy management profession by training apprentices and people who are new to energy management, people wishing to re-skills from similar fields and up-skills existing knowledge and skills.
The training programme focuses on ten core energy management areas, that at Stage 4 are strengthen with strategic and managerial aspects. More info
The compliance of carrying out energy audits and assessments under the ESOS regulation can only be conducted by an approved ESOS Lead Assessor and the EMA has been named as an approved authority to award this status.
The EMA has a process in place, including a training course that guides energy management professionals through stages leading to becoming an approved ESOS Lead Assessor. More info
We recognise that a route into a career in energy management is not always straight forward and being an energy manager can be a peculiar profession, especially if they decide to upskill their existing knowledge and skills. As energy managers come from various backgrounds and are placed across majority of industries, their skills, knowledge and day-to-day roles vary significantly.
Most often energy managers with engineering background have strong technical and analytical skills, whereas energy management professionals who started their career in sustainability have an excellent understanding of advantages that raising energy consumption awareness and behavioural change can achieve. Many facilities managers do not even realise they fulfil a profession of an energy manager. We identified that it is next to impossible to produce a one fit all path to energy management career or produce a training programme that would tailor for energy managers across all industries.
The EMA as a professional association has approached its fellows to offer a mentorship service and assist energy managers who would like to upskill and progress in their career.
2- Empowering Women into Energy Management and Environment Group
Being an energy manager may not seem like the most obvious career for many women. Often described as a highly technical and men overpopulated sector of energy management has been lacking the role models that young or career changing women could learn from and identify with.
The launch of Empowering Women in Energy Management and Environment group should not only encourage and enable more women to enter the world of energy management but also raise the level of awareness and understanding of this very rewarding career amongst those facing future career choices, and indeed removing the barriers to this route for women.
3- Board and Directors Guide to Energy Reduction
The EMA believes that understanding energy consumption across corporations has to become a boardroom issue. The increasing cost of energy has a significant impact on the businesses, and therefore a focus on actively promoting energy reduction across organisations should become a strategic business necessity.
The Board and Directors Guide to Energy Reduction is designed to help Board members to query their organisation’s attitudes towards energy reduction and guide them through applying basic measures towards more energy efficient corporate environment.
4- EMA Buyer’s Guides
In order to provide energy management professionals with some basic information and guidance on variety of available energy efficient products and technologies, and helping them to identify how best to approach them, the EMA and representatives from relevant industries have produced the following Guides:
- Buyer’s Guide to Lighting
- Buyer’s Guide to Glass and Glazing
- Buyer’s Guide to PV
- Buyer’s Guide to Pumps
- Buyer’s Guide to Buildings Controls
- Buyer’s Guide to Voltage Management & Optimisation
- Buyers Guide to Thermal Storage
5- Energy and Water Reduction Campaign
The EMA will call on British businesses to sign up to a concept of reducing the amount of water used over the next five years by 20% from a 2015 benchmark. In a same manner, we also ask organisations to reduce electricity used during peak times by 10%.
By launching this campaign we help companies to understand their energy bills and how to achieve the greatest savings. The EMA will work with companies to achieve these savings by promoting and disseminating best practice.