Energy management: three must-do’s for enterprise success.

September 28, 2018 Andrew Hejnar

Energy management and sustainability at 3M

Conserving energy is important. But it’s often easier said than done.

Many leaders are quick to voice support for energy management. Yet when it comes time to implement a formal program, many fear they lack sufficient budget and resources to make it happen.

I would argue that you can’t afford not to.

Improved energy management has a direct result on lowering overhead costs. But the impact also goes far beyond the balance sheet. These activities helped us enhance our competitive position, boost employee satisfaction, and reinforce our brand equity and reputation.

3M has been actively driving energy management initiatives since the 1970’s. In my tenure as Energy Manager, I’ve been privileged to secure national and global enterprise certifications that have helped us deliver a 22% energy intensity improvement for the company.

How have we been so successful? From my perspective, we can attribute our gains to three pillars: metering, technology and people.

The three pillars of a successful energy management system.

In 2016, 3M was the first organization in Canada to achieve the ISO 50001 Certification for Enterprise Level Certification. We also hold a Superior Energy Performance (SEP) certification. These credentials ensure we have a structured system in place that touches all aspects of our operation – especially in our facilities.

To successfully manage energy in our organization, we have leaned on these three pillars:

  1. Metering

We cannot control what we do not measure. By putting systems in place that help measure energy, we can identify where energy is used and how much it costs. We set targets for energy management, and then regularly report and adjust against actual consumption. As you get a better understanding of projected vs. actual energy consumption, you can even start to account for variables like weather conditions.

  1. Technology

Researching and identifying new technology is a crucial part of energy management. Even the simplest technologies can yield major savings, like switching to LED bulbs or applying commercial window films to reduce ambient temperature and utility costs. The key is to be aware of new opportunities and how to leverage them. We are always on the hunt for new ways to conserve energy.

  1. People

Sustainability and energy efficiency must be everyone’s responsibility. Your employees are the ones that operate your equipment and facilities. If you can help them understand the benefits of energy efficiency and management, and actually empower them to help achieve energy consumption goals, you will have a much better chance of reaching your targets.

Consider creating awareness campaigns or employee suggestion programs to involve them. Not only could you save on energy consumption – I’ve also seen greater employee satisfaction and trust in management.

Learn more: 3M sustainability goals and energy management practices.

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About the Author

Andrew Hejnar

[enBio=Andrew Hejnar has been 3M Canada’s Energy Manager for the past decade. An electrical engineer by training, Andrew also holds a masters in Energy Management and has been instrumental in the reduction of energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Under his leadership, 3M Canada was the first organization in Canada to achieve the enterprise level ISO 50001 Enterprise Management Systems implementation. Andrew also holds multiple energy management awards and certifications, including the prestigious Clean50.],[enJob=Energy Manager, 3M Canada],[frBio=Andrew Hejnar occupe le poste de directeur du secteur énergétique au sein de 3M Canada depuis une décennie. Ingénieur électricien de formation, Andrew détient également une maîtrise en gestion de l’énergie et a contribué à la réduction de notre consommation d’énergie et de nos émissions de gaz à effet de serre. Sous sa direction, 3M Canada a été la première entreprise au Canada à réussir la mise en œuvre du système de gestion de l’énergie ISO 50001 en entreprise. Andrew détient aussi plusieurs prix et certifications en gestion de l’énergie, notamment le prestigieux Clean50.],[frJob=Directeur du secteur énergétique, Compagnie 3M Canada]

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