Have you been thinking about starting an energy program? It’s a big commitment; but, if implemented properly, it can be a very profitable one. So once your organization gives the green light, make sure you follow a structured approach to begin this valuable program.
Strategic Energy Group (SEG), works with both Utilities and individual organizations to ensure this program implementation follows a structured approach. This structured approach is delivered in modules over a 12- 24 month timeframe and are designed to ensure organizations succeed.
One of the first, and perhaps the most important, steps to this program is gaining executive level sponsorship. If executive level support for your energy program stops with the initial approval, you program runs the risk of failure. Your program sponsor should be someone like the plant or facility manager, the superintendent, or the head person in your office.
What is the role of your sponsor? It is actually pretty simple. As you go throughout the implementation process, keep your executive sponsor engaged by scheduling recurring meetings and include them in program sessions and team meetings when available. Ensure that they sign the energy scope and policy, demonstrating support and then ask them to host an employee kick-off or add energy efficiency to important meeting agendas. Also, get approval for proposed improvements, asking your sponsor for suggestions and implementation ideas.
An involved executive sponsor will keep people on board and on track by adding a high level view of why this initiative is so important. And they can also ensure enough time and resources are provided to the team members.
In short, ensuring your sponsor is informed and involved, can guarantee that energy stays high on everyone’s priority list, and this can mean the difference between successful program implementation vs. creating a sustainable program.
So what are you waiting for? Go get your sponsor involved!