71% of shipping companies still lack dedicated energy manager
DNV GL’s Energy Management Study 2015 has revealed that just 29% of shipping companies have a dedicated energy manager or energy management team. Others have assigned the topic to “everybody”, which often actually means “nobody”.
“People make the difference” is the golden thread through the latest Energy Management Study. Although nine common measures have been addressed in more than half of all shipping companies, many of them still do not realize the expected savings. They struggle with implementation, which is a people business. The combination of carrot and stick – organizational anchoring, awareness, capabilities and motivation on the one hand and performance management on the other hand – seems to be the key success factor.
Who is in charge for energy efficiency? Nobody, everybody, every captain?
Is there a winning set-up? Following the survey results, actual anchoring of energy management seems weak in many shipping companies. Not even a third of all shipping companies has a dedicated energy manager (or team). Looking at the correlations between chosen organizational anchoring and target achievement this is even more evident. Those who have a dedicated energy manager are significantly more successful than those who do not. Those who assign the responsibility for energy management to every captain/chief engineer or all superintendents, are clearly less successful in realizing savings.
Monitoring of performance and activities and shore based training critical
Asked about the means to ensure that office staff and crew actually implement energy saving measures, respondents name both stick and carrot. Monitoring of performance and activities and shore based training are the most commonly used ways to ensure implementation of energy saving measures. The balance between support and control is handled differently depending on company culture. Activation of awareness, capabilities and behavior is clearly marked as a key lever to realize significant fuel savings (see the “word cloud” display of free text answers below). 40% of all replies to the question on key success factors for fuel savings address “awareness, capabilities and behavior”. For 29% of respondents, “tracking savings through performance management systems” is also viewed as a key enabler.