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Energy Management in Business
The Manager's Guide to Maximising and Sustaining Energy Reduction

ISBN 9781409452454
Published January 15, 2013 by Routledge
280 Pages

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Book Description

The business benefits of lower energy consumption are clear: lower energy costs, energy tax avoidance, selling excess CO2 credits, immediately adding savings to the bottom line and improved competitiveness. However, with a need to focus on day to day business management activities, implementing energy reduction programmes stretches the capabilities and know-how of responsible managers. Kit Oung’s Energy Management in Business is an expert's guide to energy reduction. It covers four important aspects of managing energy: strategy for successful implementation, available tools and techniques, generating sustainable quick wins and active management involvement. This book offers distilled practical concepts with real life case studies chosen to build insight, and illustrate how managers and engineers can relate to a broad range of energy reduction opportunities. We take energy for granted, like the air we breathe. We need to engage employees with energy management in two ways. In a more general sense, for those using energy for normal working practices, awareness and behaviour change are key. For those with more direct influence over energy using systems, engagement is also fundamental. Energy Management in Business places the process firmly in the context of commercial and industrial business practice. The book is an excellent companion for any organisation seeking ISO 50001 certification and a reduced energy consumption, as well as those that simply wish to better understand the options, strategies and risks that every business now faces.



Kit Oung is a practicing energy consultant specialising in energy and carbon reduction strategies using low-cost high-return opportunities and energy management systems. He has 15 years' experience in energy auditing and implements energy reduction projects for blue chip multi-national companies including petrochemical, specialty chemical, pharmaceutical, food and beverage and large commercial properties across five continents. Kit is a British Standards Institute expert where he regularly reviews and provides inputs to various energy and environmental standards. He chairs two international standards committees in developing energy auditing standards.


'Compulsory reading in any organization seeking to reduce its energy consumption.' Luc Hens, International Journal of Environment and Pollution ’...There is an urgent need to build capacity in sound energy management and this book aims to do just that. It is a well written guide to energy management which covers the operational and strategic levels, as well as tools and techniques for the energy manager. The many flow charts and diagrams help illustrate the text and the many case studies help the reader see the application of the techniques of energy management in real situations...’ Dr Steven Fawkes ’Anyone with an interest in the energy sector will be able to follow and understand the basic principles presented in the book. In this respect the book certainly provides a framework for thought and implementation. It satisfies its initial purpose of introducing and analyzing the topics of energy management and present energy reduction opportunities in the business context. It is therefore an excellent source for practitioners, academics, students and anyone in general who wishes to gain a deeper understanding of energy management and the benefits/risks that businesses face.’ SEEJE Magazine, Issue 21, 2013 ’... the book is an excellent guide to the background and the practicalities of the implementation of energy reduction programmes. It introduces all necessary concepts to the busy manager and environmental expert. It offers this information in a most readable and accessible way, also for non-experts. This makes the book unique in the wide and fast-increasing variety of the publications on energy saving management. It is compulsory reading in any organisation seeking to reduce its energy consumption.’ International Journal of Environment and Pollution, vol. 53, nos. 3/4 ’... a good book for managers looking to broaden their understanding of the challenges in cutting energy use.’ The Environmentalist, August 2013