Energy management

It includes planning and operation of energy-related production and consumption units. Objectives are resource conservation, climate protection and cost savings, while the users have permanent access to the energy they need. It is connected closely to environmental management, production management, logistics and other established business functions. Energy management is the proactive, organized and systematic coordination of procurement, conversion, distribution and use of energy to meet the requirements, taking into account environmental and economic objectives. It is important to integrate the energy management in the organizational structure, so that the energy management can be implemented. Responsibilities and the interaction of the decision makers should be regularized. The delegation of functions and competencies extend from the top management to the executive worker. Furthermore, a comprehensive coordination can ensure the fulfillment of the tasks. Looking at small and medium enterprises, energy management often is only a subtask of an executive. These organizations do not have the necessary capacity to fill a full-time position with corresponding responsibilities. Another option is outsourcing the energy-related issues and questions to an external service. This external service could contribute new knowledge and optimize processes based on its specialization.