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It is increasingly recognised that building user behaviour is crucial to driving down energy consumption – and that the culture of an organisation needs to be addressed from top to bottom.

The Green Consultancy offers you a strategic approach to behaviour change with a complete range of services tailored to meet your precise needs.

Put us to the test NOW!  To discuss your requirements please call John Treble on 01761 419081 or email John@GreenConsultancy.com

Why Behaviour Change Matters

SpheresEvery organisation has two things in common: they have people and they use energy.

To achieve sustained energy reductions it is vital to have a strategy that addresses people, technical and information system issues simultaneously and in a balanced way – and this is a requirement of Energy Management System Standard ISO 50001.

People solutions are often the most cost effective energy saving measures and if they are given insufficient attention all other initiatives will be undermined or put at risk, wasting substantial savings achieved elsewhere by technical measures.

The best approach for you

Every organisation and culture is unique, even within sectors – be they manufacturing or higher education, for example. It follows that the strategies needed differ for each organisation as do their aspirations and opportunities. For these reasons off the shelf solutions seldom working effectively or for any length of time.

It is important to conduct an analysis of:

  • what energy is used, why, where and how
  • the influence people have, their attitudes and understanding of what needs to be done.

8020Some end-users have more influence than others because of their role or decision-making capacity. Therefore different strategies are needed to identify needs and it is likely that these people will require job-specific training to achieve identified behavioural outcomes. For others some degree of awareness raising might be needed.

The Pareto Principle is likely to apply so that 20% of employees control 80% of the energy use, or the ratio may be different.

Once a people strategy is developed, it needs to be implemented with full support of middle and senior management. This is where ISO 50001 can help as senior management support is a vital ingredient in a compliant Energy Management System. The plan needs to reflect corporate goals, objectives and procedures.

A key mechanism to involve employees is to identify the co-benefits of saving energy such as improved working conditions, health & safety, improved maintenance, easier procedures. Some co-benefits directly affect employees; others affect the organisation but some affect both.

How we can help you

The Green Consultancy has a unique understanding of both energy and people and how they interface in large organisations. We offer a strategic approach with a range of services tailored to your precise needs. For details please click here.

Put us to the test NOW!  To discuss your requirements please call John Treble on 01761 419081 or email John@GreenConsultancy.com

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Energy Culture Change for Aston University

"It has been a pleasure to work with The Green Consultancy and I am confident that together we have created an awareness of energy management related issues within a significant and senior group of people, which is what we set out to do.”

Graham Faulks, Deputy Director Estates – Engineering and Sustainability

See case history of our work for Aston University

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Energy Management Training for Sporta

“The Green Consultancy provided training for Sporta members in London and Sheffield – covering all aspects of energy management in wet and dry leisure centres, including CHP and voltage management.

These workshops were greatly appreciated by our members and it was clear that The Green Consultancy has a comprehensive understanding of energy management in the leisure sector and a rigorous energy efficiency methodology for identifying the most cost-effective opportunities for reducing energy costs and carbon emissions.”

Brian Leonard, Chief Executive

University of Bradford

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“I strongly believe that behaviour change is an important tool in saving energy … and can realise larger savings than many traditional “hard” energy conservation techniques … and I’d encourage it to be incorporated into every carbon management plan for other universities and large energy consuming organisations.”

Russell Smith, Estates Manager