Value multiple benefits - Improve energy efficiency!
Why don't companies invest more in energy efficiency? One answer is that energy savings alone are often insufficient to compel investment. However, by valuing and communicating multiple benefits - such as improved product quality, enhanced employee productivity, better indoor air quality, reduced costs and risks - project proposals for energy-efficiency projects demonstrate how efficiency benefits a company's core business.
The team of the multiple benefits project (M-Benefits) is developing an approach to identify, value and communicate the strategic impacts of investments that improve energy performance. This work follows a multi-step approach:
- The development of the evaluation toolkit, including training materials and a serious game.
- The training of energy consultants to implement the methodology.
- The implementation of the methodology to test it in a real-life environment.
- A continuous evaluation of the process.
- The compiling of an evidence base with good practices of the use of multiple benefits in companies' decision-making processes.A broad communication and dissemination strategy to reach beyond the audience directly targeted by the trainings and pilot projects.
In this presentation, the methodology, toolkit, and the concept for the pilot of the M-Benefits project will be presented.
Dr.-Ing., Fraunhofer-Institut für System- und Innovationsforschung ISI
Clemens Rohde studied civil engineering at the Technische Universität Darmstadt. His focus here was on waste management and technology as well as life cycle assessment in product development and waste management. In 2007 he obtained his PhD and then worked for 3 years as a senior researcher and faculty manager in the faculty of civil engineering and geodesy at the Technische Universität Darmstadt.
He joined the Competence Center Energy Policy and Energy Systems at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI as a research assistant in September 2010. He has been the coordinator of the Business Unit Energy Efficiency in the Competence Center Energy Technology and Energy Systems since January 2012.
His research areas include assessments of energy efficiency potentials in industry, private households and the tertiary sector, the analysis of technological and organizational measures to improve energy efficiency in the aforementioned sectors and energy efficiency indicators on the national and international level.
Clemens Rohde is an internationally recognized expert on energy efficiency with numerous presentations and publications on the topic. He is consulting the German federal government, the European Commission and the IAE.