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National ENERGY GLOBE Award Portugal 2019
The EnergyOFF project, Building Efficiency through Energetic Management, is aimed at the creation of a tool for diagnosis, management and training of the performance in the electrical consumptions of office buildings in Portugal. It is a simplified management tool, in line with existing energy management and certification principles (ISO 50001), which aims to demonstrate the economic advantages that a small or medium sized service company can obtain by exchanging equipment and establishing a simplified energy management.
According to a recent Eurobarometer survey, SMEs are less likely to reduce energy compared to large companies (64% versus 84%) and have an environmental management system in place (25% versus 48%). About half of them mention financial incentive schemes as the most efficient measures to promote energy efficiency (tax rebates, loans and subsidies), while only a quarter refer to the simplification of administrative procedures for obtaining permits to increase cogeneration capacity and increase information on energy service contracts and energy reduction options.
The EnergyOFF tool will thus serve as a monitor to the companies in their energy consumption, identifying, according to the agreed ISO and their energy efficiency on an "A" to "E" scale. On this scale, which is referred to as the Efficiency Deck, "A" is assigned to offices that present optimal energy performance indicators and "E" those where energy performance indicators are downright bad. The user keeps track of their progress in terms of efficiency gains as well as the average progress of the other participating offices.
The project is innovative as far as technology or behavior is concerned because it promotes a deeper understanding of the energy dimension in Portuguese offices, as well as the adoption of energy management strategies in line with the principles of ISO 50001. This framework represents a new and systematized approach to the energy management of organizations, is a reference that was translated less than a year ago into Portuguese and has a still low penetration rate (about 5 companies certified in Portugal).