Once the potential for
improvement has been estimated, goals can be established at the
appropriate organizational levels. Energy performance goals should be
formally established and recognized by senior management as a mission
for the whole organization.
Estimating potential for improvement should provide you with a starting
point for what is possible. However, some organizations set their final
energy performance goals based on organizational factors other than what
is technically feasible. Such factors will affect how energy performance
goals are expressed.
ways for expressing goals include:
reduction - Goals are presented in terms of a specific
quantity or percentage decrease in energy use, such as a 10 percent
reduction or a decrease of 300 million Btus.
- This goal aims for a certain level of performance compared to an
improvement - Goals are expressed as a function of reducing
the energy intensity of a specific performance indicator, such as 2
Btus per unit of product.
Improvement - This goal translates energy savings into
pollution prevention or reduction goals.
Additionally, some organizations may find it useful to establish:
- The minimum acceptable level of performance.
- Levels beyond the minimum or targets that are used to create an
incentive for greater achievement.
Organizational Energy Goals
These energy performance goals have been set by leading ENERGY STAR
Community College - 35 percent energy use reduction from
1990 level by 2013
- Reduce energy consumption relative to output by 10 percent
- Reduce energy use by 300 million Btus in 2003. All new buildings
must qualify for ENERGY STAR label
Veterans Affairs - Reduce energy consumption per square
foot by 35 percent from 1985 levels by 2010. Reduce greenhouse gas
emissions by 30 percent by 2010 from 1990 emission levels
Corporation - 25 percent reduction in total energy use from
1995 levels by 2005
Estate - Have all buildings operate at less than 20 kWh per
square foot per year, and have all new or retrofitted buildings
operate at 15 kWh per square foot per year. Have 100 buildings
qualify for the ENERGY STAR Label
3M - 20
percent improvement in energy performance within 5 years
Johnson - Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from energy use
by 4 percent from 1990 levels by 2005