Models for Driving Energy Efficiency Nationally Using Energy Management

  • Graziella Siciliano
  • Pamela de los Reyes
  • Caroline Kramer
  • Thomas Björkman
  • Maja Dahlgren
  • Fuyuhiko Noda
  • Junko Ogawa
  • Yukari Yamashita
Keywords: Energy Efficiency, Energy Management

Abstract

Energy management is a proven strategy for achieving clear energy, environmental, and economic benefits across industry—yet diverse barriers, risks, and challenges continue to limit broad adoption around the globe. An energy management system (EMS) integrates energy management into existing business systems, enabling organizations to better manage their energy, sustain achieved savings, and continuously improve energy performance. Governments are implementing various approaches to accelerate industry uptake of these systems, such as promoting compliance with the ISO 50001 energy management standard. This article explores three approaches in use: mandated programs (Japan), incentive programs (Sweden), and market-based certification programs (United States).

The authors examine each of these three approaches by taking an in-depth look at one real-world example. For each example, the article identifies the specific program requirements, the larger context for the policy and role of government, existing drivers for corporate participation, key challenges and resources, and the available results (i.e., energy and cost savings and other benefits). Comparisons among these current, government-led models for accelerating the uptake of EMS should provide insight into the effectiveness and benefits of different government approaches and their supporting policies and resources. Governments can learn from the challenges faced, solutions devised, and lessons learned by others during implementation of these programs.

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Author Biography

Graziella Siciliano

Graziella F. Siciliano, Fellow, Office of International Affairs—International Climate Change Policy and Technology, U.S. Department of Energy. Ms. Graziella Siciliano is an Oak Ridge Institute of Science Education Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy where she serves as a coordinator for the Global Superior Performance Partnership (GSEP) initiative and the Procurement Working Group of the Super Efficient Appliance Deployment (SEAD) initiatives, which are both part of the Clean Energy Ministerial. GSEP’s Energy Management Working Group works to cut global energy use by encouraging industrial facilities and commercial buildings to pursue continual improvement in energy efficiency through energy management. Working with government experts from member countries, Ms. Siciliano builds collaboration on strategies to accelerate implementation of energy management systems.

Before joining the U.S. Department of Energy, Ms. Siciliano worked for 3 years as a program manager at the Alliance to Save Energy, a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC. Her programs focused on building capacity of U.S. utilities to implement demandside management programs and on increasing U.S public procurement of energy efficient appliance and equipment. Ms. Siciliano earned a B.A. in political science from Butler University (2002) and an M.A. in energy and environmental policy and economics from the Johns Hopkins University —School of Advanced International Studies (2009). Contact: Graziella.Siciliano@Hq.Doe.Gov

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