Energy and sustainability policies support your goals with boosting staff engagement and can reinforce your procurement policy. These policies can take your business energy management to the next level. It can be beneficial in reducing operating costs, increasing productivity, reduce waste, improving the environment and reducing the company’s emissions.
Creating a sustainable energy policy is simple and will support your goals and strategy for energy management.
When pulling the energy policy together here are some key things to consider and include.
- Start with a statement explaining the purpose and intent of the document.
- Explain the policy aim and set out your key objectives – for example ‘to reduce the annual energy consumption of the building’ or ‘to make sure all staff are aware of the need to reduce energy’.
- Outline responsibilities – who is responsible and what they will do. For example, ‘Facilities management will be responsible for the implementation of this strategy and will communicate processes and keep staff and relevant parties up to date’.
- Your policy should outline:
- your business’ mission and information about its operations
- a commitment to continually improve and monitor environmental performance
- a commitment to managing your environmental impacts
- your compliance with relevant environmental legislation
- your expectations from suppliers and sub-contractors
- a commitment to staff awareness and training
There are many free templates available on Google that you can use to guide and help you build a business sustainable energy policy, but if you need some more hands on support and you are based in County Durham contact the Business Energy Efficiency Project by filling out the audit request form or emailing BEEP@Durham.gov.uk