Energetic Management

Tyler, Geoff
June 2003
Management Services;Jun2003, Vol. 47 Issue 6, p22
Academic Journal
Energy costs came back into focus with the war in Iraq. It should not have taken something like that to turn minds to energy management but when the price of oil went, temporarily as it transpired, to 80 pence per litre at the filling station next door to the Stopwatch and Clipboard, Roget took Saddam Hussein's influence on his life personally. Car fuel consumption is actually a red herring--over half the UK's CO[sub2] emissions come from buildings these days. The other half is shared between manufacturing processes, vehicles, aircraft, ships, electricity generation and so on. Nevertheless, discussion among our clique of management science types in the Stopwatch and Clipboard saloon bar inevitably turned to energy management. It was mainly to annoy Roget, I admit, but it set my mind for this month's topic. Every reader has, not too far away from his or her desk, an energy management system. Those who believe it to be beyond their brief, just wait till it goes wrong and see who gets complained about. If it is nothing more than a time clock on the boiler and a few light switches, read on. The information technology (IT) world has applied itself to energy management to give us much more precise ways of keeping energy bills to a minimum short of turning everything off and making people sweat/shiver as the case may be.


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