In my previous post, I discussed 3 factors of energy savings to consider when assessing energy consumption. And over the past several weeks I’ve been working with customers who are engaged or engaging in programs to improve their overall production capacity through improved equipment reliability. These are exciting programs and a staple to all long term successful companies. The road is often long and the journey is never a straight path as business needs and circumstances are often changing. In all of these implementations I have been fortunate enough to work within, there are common links to those that end up being a “success story”. One of those links is so obvious but yet so often overlooked or pushed to the side to figure out after the “real work” is accomplished.
So what am I talking about? Establishing Key Performance Indicators which are linked to the company’s business goals. These KPIs will serve as the metrics for determining the value of the program and the opportunities that may still exist. This is a fairly hot topic for me as I have offered thoughts at least once in the past.
Without any doubt, all Maintenance & Reliability programs have direct links to, and influence on, Energy Management. The ability to identify and eliminate equipment defects results in lower energy consumption, lower greenhouse gas emissions, reduced carbon footprint, reduced operational expenditure, and increased profitability. So, what are some of the Energy Management KPI’s you should consider tracking? Try a few of these for starters:
- Amount of energy saved due to conservation and efficiency improvements.
- Average total energy consumption per employee or product sold
- CO2 Tonnes per employee per month
- Energy costs per unit of production
- Energy saved due to conservation & efficiency improvements
- Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per employee per month
- Number of paper pages used per employee per month
- Percentage of hazardous operational waste
- Percentage of materials used that are recycled input materials.
- Percentage of non-hazardous operational waste
- Percentage of recycled hazardous operational waste.
- Percentage of recycled non-hazardous operational waste
- Total energy used per unit of production
- Total on-site created energy
- Total Purchased Energy per month
- Waste disposed of per amount of product manufactured
- Water use per employee per month
- Water used per amount of product manufactured