The Development and Piloting of an Energy Management Culture Assessment Tool for Use in Organisations
- Stuart King (Energy Institute) | Matthew Lawrie (Culture Regeneration Associates)
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- Society of Petroleum Engineers
- SPE International Conference and Exhibition on Health, Safety, Security, Environment, and Social Responsibility, 16-18 April, Abu Dhabi, UAE
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- 2018. Society of Petroleum Engineers
- 6.6 Sustainability/Social Responsibility, 6.1.2 HSSE Reporting, 6.3 Safety, 6.1 HSSE & Social Responsibility Management, 6 Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Social Responsibility, 6.1.5 Human Resources, Competence and Training, 6.6.1 Integrating HSSE into the Business, 6.5.7 Climate Change
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Energy management is increasingly a focus for organisations, driven by fluctuating prices and the need to meet climate change targets. Technology and management systems alone will not lead to the desired energy performance - a good "energy culture" is required to ensure that technology is used correctly and management systems flourish. This research project adapted a HSE culture assessment tool to create a tool to help organisations understand and improve their energy management culture.
The researchers engaged with 40+ people with knowledge and experience in the field of energy management to create the assessment tool. 14 dimensions of energy management culture were identified in a workshop, and further defined in ten follow-up interviews. Four criteria for the dimensions were considered:
relevance across a wide range of organisations
provides differentiation of how well organisations are performing
covers an "intangible" aspect of energy management
readily recognisable to people working in such organisations
The new assessment tool was subsequently tested in five pilot workshops to understand the potential effectiveness of the tool and gather suggestions for improvement.
The tool comprised of 14 different aspects of energy management culture identified during the workshops and interviews. These included, for example:
What priority do managers give to energy management?
How engaged is the workforce in energy management?
How is competency and training for energy management delivered?
How open to change is the organisation in energy management?
The tool was found to work well in the pilot workshops that tested how effective it was at enabling people understand and identify improvements to their energy management culture. The assessment framework was accessible, easy to understand and covered a comprehensive range of energy management issues.
Some improvement points about the tool surfaced, e.g.:
Re-phrasing for small organisations
Some dimensions may not be recognised in some organisations
Define the scope of Energy Management for workshop participants
The workshop process worked well, including a range of people from the organisation from the same level in the organisational hierarchy.
Issues about energy management culture raised included:
There are resources in place e.g. training courses, but these are under-utilised
Previous attempts to improve energy management have been made, but the organisation's culture is not open to change. There is a willingness to talk, but actions are not followed through
The focus on improving safety culture in the oil and gas industry for the last 20 years has led to great improvement in safety performance. The way that culture has an impact on safety can inform how culture has a similar impact on energy management performance. The drive for transferring good practice in the area of safety culture to energy management is based on sharing knowledge and skills across the whole of the energy sector.
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