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Taking Stock – 40 years of Industrial Energy Audits

Teacher Hans De Keulenaer, Peter Mallaburn


By Peter Mallaburn (Policy to Practice Ltd)

Industrial energy audits were amongst the first energy efficiency policy measures developed in response to the oil shocks of the 1970s. Since then they have become enormously popular in industrialised economies. In the EU they are mandatory for large organisations under the EU Energy Efficiency Directive. Developing countries are considering them as they scale up their own climate programmes.

So interest in audits can only grow. But, from a policy-maker’s perspective, do they work? How do they work? How could they work for me? Certainly, in principle, audits are extremely important because they get to the heart of how a company uses energy. But after 40 years, the scientific literature on audits is large and complex and difficult for the non-specialist policy-maker to wade though.  

This webinar tell the story of audits in a way designed to cut through this complexity. It recounts the history of audits and sets out why they are important. It sets out some of the main features of successful audit programmes, and, from the practical experience of the speaker, how to go about putting one together. It then considers the main problems with audits and how these can be addressed. Finally the talk will look ahead to see how audits might evolve in the near future.

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