Behavior change and energy savings hot topic at European energy efficiency conference
The ener.CON Europe 2014 conference was held in Berlin, Germany, from March 19-21. Although there was little new to report in the field of energy efficiency, participants agreed that listening to peers sharing their experience with energy management is very valuable. One topic that came up on several occasions was the need for engaging people and the importance of behavior change as a tool to achieve energy savings.
ener.CON Europe is one of the most important energy efficiency conferences for industry in Europe, well-attended by participants from all continents who meet to discuss how asset-intensive industries can improve their energy performance. DNV GL (formerly DNV KEMA) has participated in past conferences, and presented a high level case study in 2013.
Pascal Dapoz, energy manager, Dow Corning Europe S.A. / Belgium, presented a project that focused on improving the Energy Culture of the company’s site through behavior change. DNV GL has supported Dow Corning in this project, which started in the last quarter of 2013 and was complementary to an already existing strategy of investing in energy efficient equipment and renewable energy production. It was interesting to learn that the commitment and engagement of their staff was the strongest dimension of their Energy Culture, which provides the foundation to improve all other aspects of their Energy Culture.
Other conference topics included Technical Feasibility, Implementation of Energy Management Systems, Energy Efficiency & Total Plant Asset Management; Energy Efficiency Planning & Design, Demand Response, Energy Audits, Energy Monitoring and Energy Measurements. Attendants came from many different industry sectors, with a majority from the chemical and pharmaceutical industries.