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M_KEY - Management as a Key Driver of Energy Performance

English title M_KEY - Management as a Key Driver of Energy Performance
Applicant Iten Rolf
Number 153850
Funding scheme NRP 71 Managing Energy Consumption
Research institution INFRAS
Institution of higher education Companies/ Private Industry - FP
Main discipline Other disciplines of Engineering Sciences
Start/End 01.10.2014 - 30.09.2017
Approved amount 403'619.00
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All Disciplines (3)

Discipline
Other disciplines of Engineering Sciences
Science of management
Economics

Keywords (11)

statistical analysis; case study; investment; decision making process; strategic relevance; interview; energy management; large-scale energy consumer; energy efficiency; survey; econometric analysis

Lay Summary (German)

Lead
Die Erschliessung der Energieeffizienz-Potenziale bei Grossverbrauchern verlangt nach Investi-tionen in geeignete Hard- und Software-Massnahmen. Selbst wenn die Wirtschaftlichkeit dieser Massnahmen gegeben ist, werden solche Investitionsentscheide jedoch oft nicht gefällt, da die strategische Bedeutung der Investition für das Unternehmen nicht erkannt wird.Das Projekt soll die Hypothese überprüfen, dass aktives Energiemanagement (z.B. in Form eines Energiemanagementsystems gemäss ISO 50001) die Fähigkeit eines Unternehmens signifikant steigert, die strategische Bedeutung von Investitionen in Energieeffizienz wahrzunehmen.
Lay summary

Inhalt und Ziel des Forschungsprojekts

Ziel des Projekts ist die systematische Analyse der Wirkungvon Energiemanagement (-Systemen) von grossen Energieverbrauchern als Schlüsselzur Steigerung der betrieblichen Energieeffizienz. Dazu wird ein Methodenmix zurselektiven Befragung unter den geschätzten rund 10‘000 privaten Energiegrossverbrauchernin der Schweiz verwendet. Eine On-Line-Befragung, Interviews und Fallstudien,gefolgt von statistischen und ökonometrischen Auswertungen, sollen helfen, dieDeterminanten von Entscheidungsfindungsprozessen hinsichtlichEnergieeffizienz-Investitionen besser zu verstehen. Es wird erwartet, dass die geplanteintegrale Dissemination und Diskussion der neuen Erkenntnisse Folgeprozesseauslösen kann, um Vorschläge für energiepolitische Anpassungen auszuarbeitenund die Rahmenbedingungen zu verbessern, welche die Prozesse zur Steigerung derEnergieeffizienz in Unternehmen fördern können.

 

Keywords

energyefficiency, energy management, investment, decision making process, strategicrelevance, large-scale energy consumer, survey, interview, case study, statisticaland econometric analysis.

Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 22.10.2014

Responsible applicant and co-applicants

Employees

Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
Project team and other collaborators Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
University of Oxford: Environmental Change Institute Great Britain and Northern Ireland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
S.A.F.E. Schweizerische Agentur für Energieeffizienz; Conrad U. Brunner Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
University of Applied Sciences Niederrhein: EthNna Competence Research Center CSR Germany (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results

Scientific events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
Energy Efficiency in Motor Driven Systems Talk given at a conference Is management a key driver of energy performance? EEMODS Energy Efficiency in Motor Driven Systems 07.09.2017 Rom, Italy Werle Rita; Brunner Conrad U.;
ECEEE, Industrial Summer Study Berlin, September 2016 Talk given at a conference M_KEY − MANAGEMENT AS A KEY DRIVER OF ENERGY PERFORMANCE 12.09.2016 Berlin, Germany Werle Rita; Cooremans Catherine;


Knowledge transfer events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Date Place Persons involved
Conférence des services cantonaux de l’énergie (CRDE) Talk 05.09.2017 Lausanne, Switzerland Schönenberger Alain; Cooremans Catherine;


Abstract

In many companies there are still considerable potentials to reduce energy consumption. Measures to be taken to tap these potentials generally require investing in new equipment. Yet, energy-efficiency (EE) investments - even when highly profitable - remain often undecided. Many studies have identified and discussed the various market and organizational barriers, that hamper decisions, and hence investments, in EE.The proposed research project bases on a new model of decision-making that leads to re-designing the organizational barriers model and to proposing a new explanation of the energy-efficiency gap. According to this new approach, two “meta-barriers” encompass symptom barriers and actually explain the energy-efficiency gap: The perceived non-strategic character of energy-efficiency investments and the various cultural influences which drive organizations and their decision makers to consider energy-efficiency investments as weakly strategic, beyond possible objective reasons.The main research hypothesis is that energy management (e.g. established in the form of an energy management system based on ISO 50001) significantly raises the companies’ ability to perceive the strategic relevance of energy-efficiency investments. Thus energy management induces positive decisions regarding these investments and, ultimately, increases the energy performance of a firm. The project aims at analysing the impacts of energy management as a driving factor in this process through a mix of survey, interviews and case studies among Swiss large-scale energy consumers. The results of the research work should help to better understand the determinants of energy-efficiency investments. This, in turn, will allow conceiving and proposing adequate policy measures and regulations able to improve the energy performance of firms.
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