Energy Management is the process of monitoring, regulating, and conserving energy in a facility or across an enterprise. In the beverage sector, being more productive while using less energy has never been a greater priority given the following factors:
- Increasing expectations from retailers, distributors, consumers, and investors for more sustainable manufacturing;
- Cost pressure due to increasing energy, raw material, production, and compliance costs;
- Opportunities to use energy management to make a facility and company more resilient to rising energy costs, supply shortages, and potential disruptions;
- Acknowledgement of the shared responsibility to mitigate and adapt to climate change; and,
- Pursuit of aggressive sustainability targets and the opportunity to enhance a company’s reputation through leadership in environmental sustainability.
Why a Systems Approach? Managing energy requires a holistic view to be effective. For example, a facility may pursue a lighting retrofit to save energy, but not realize that the new lights will produce significantly less heat which may require increased facility heating. As a result, total energy consumption may not actually decrease or achieve expected performance.
Introduction – Energy Management
Why is this Guide important? BIER members recognize that the key to success is to consistently manage energy through a holistic or system-based approach. While many opportunities exist to manage energy at a facility (from housekeeping to advanced technologies), a structured approach enables better decision-making, sustained performance, maximum return on investments, and more effective best practice sharing.
Who is this Guide intended for? Those with accountability for monitoring, regulating, and conserving energy at an individual facility. For experts and non-experts alike, this Guide provides logically organized guidance, tools, and best practices from leading practitioners within the beverage sector.
How is this Guide structured? The Guide is structured around six topics (found at the top of this page) that can be utilized sequentially or as stand-alone modules depending upon user interest. These materials are not a comprehensive energy management system but rather guidance developed and focused on special topics related to energy management in the beverage industry.
Please note, for beverage sector guidance on GHG accounting, please refer to BIER’s previously developed guidance.