How can you reduce energy consumption in your manufacturing process by up to 40%? The first step is to carry out an energy survey. Using JRP’s innovative new energy survey methodology and software tool, Energy Initiator®, we can investigate and assess your energy performance across your whole asset base and identify improvement areas. Typical energy savings identified have been between 20% and 30% but have been as high as 40%. Following the survey, we can help you prioritise key improvements in an Energy Reduction Plan; define the scope of work for each improvement (including projected costs and savings) and help you develop your business cases. Then, using Energy Activator®, our bespoke energy improvement project management software; you can project management the delivery of the Energy Reduction Plan and report regularly on progress and the results. JRP Solutions can also provide the project management services if this is required.
JRP’s innovative new energy survey software, Energy Initiator®, is used to provide an intimate knowledge of not only how and where energy is being consumed but more importantly how and where it can be reduced. Our specialists can use Energy Initiator® on an asset, process or production line, building or whole site to produce a certificate detailing an A to G rating for the existing set-up, and also a future rating if the energy reduction opportunities listed on the certificate are implemented.
Individual ratings are given on each certificate for both the design and the operation of the asset/process/building.
This certification system has proven very effective in improving energy efficiency. Prominently displayed certificates can be used as a management tool to ensure everyone is aware of what can be achieved, and ensures that when an organisation undergoes a re-certification, there is a record of the improvement journey.
Identification of Improvement Projects
JRP’s energy efficiency specialists have many ways of identifying improvement projects for your site or organisation.
Any opportunity identified during an energy survey using our Energy Initiator® software is automatically logged and uploaded to our dedicated server for you to review. All opportunities can be studied and developed into projects using our Energy Activator® software.
Improvement opportunities identified at your site can range from no-cost behavioural and operational type improvements, through to technical solutions requiring capital expenditure. Using our extensive skill base we can identify cutting edge solutions as well as assist with improvements in the way your site purchases energy reduction technology to ensure replacements are of the highest efficiency possible.
Business Case for Improvement Projects
Once improvement projects have been identified by JRP Solutions or your in-house team, we can develop a complete and robust business case for each project to ensure your application for capital expenditure is a smooth and painless process.
Typically, JRP will firstly ensure the correct solution is being applied to the project. This may involve looking at many different options, for example if a chiller is to be replaced we may look at the demand for chilled water to see if that can be reduced, or whether surplus heat can be recovered to produce chilled water by absorption cooling.
Once the solution is confirmed, we will write a complete functional specification, go out to tender and analyse all returned bids to ensure that the optimum solution price is identified. We will confirm the complete costs and forecast savings over the lifetime of the project, and provide an assessment of all risks involved including financial, health and safety, and process disruption to ensure the resulting project runs smoothly.
Cost of Inaction Analysis
If you are struggling to make the case for implementing energy saving projects, it could be that person who holds the purse strings just doesn’t appreciate the true COST of inaction.
It’s not just the cost of the compulsory ESOS audit, or any other energy audit carried out, that is wasted. Inaction ignores the stresses to the business posed by rising energy prices, it ignores increased costs associated with production growth, it ignores the profit or investment potential of any savings realised and it also ignores the social gains of reduced environmental impact. So how can this message be communicated effectively?
JRP have been able to successfully demonstrate a compelling case for action to key decision makers in number of organisations in a really impactful way with a Cost of Inaction Analysis. This is a comprehensive analysis of the cost of inaction versus the benefits of implementation. It factors in the implementation of potential energy saving measures and projects, the impact of varying production and rising energy prices.
In this example, through the use of an ‘Energy Bridge’, the analysis shows the staggered implementation of the recommended energy saving projects through the years 2018 to 2023, an agreed energy increase as a result of a change or increase in production and predicted site energy consumption each year where the saving opportunities have not been implemented. The difference between forecasts of each year show the excess energy consumed as a result of inaction.
In the chart below, the cost of implementing the projects is compared to the cumulative savings that can be expected from them.
This clearly illustrates that the opportunities for savings continue to outweigh the related capital expenditure year-on-year.
Each year the savings are magnified due to the continually increasing price of energy as both electricity and gas.
The energy price increases in line with the 2017 UK government forecasts.
“One of the biggest challenges energy managers have is to argue the case for energy project investment,” comments Jes Rutter, Managing Director, JRP Solutions. “We have found that a Cost of Inaction Analysis is a very powerful way to change the mind set of key decision makers and to unlock energy savings.”
To discuss how you can use this powerful tool in your organisation, call us on 0800 6127 567 or email email@example.com.