New tool for promotion of energy management and cleaner production on no cure, no pay basis

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Even enterprises with very advanced management systems seldom monitor efficiency of energy usage and materials flows within their processes and have, therefore, difficulty to effectively manage their resource efficiency. This paper is built upon experiences from a pilot implementation of a new tool for promotion of energy management and cleaner production, developed within the Energy Management and Performance Related Savings Scheme project to promote an effective energy management system in industrial enterprises. The combination of soft managerial approaches (Monitoring and Targeting technical services) with financing provided on a no cure, no pay basis provided by Energy Service Companies, is the foundation for this new tool for promotion of energy management and cleaner production on no cure, no pay basis. It enabled us to test the introduction of cleaner production projects with no technical or financial risks for enterprises or for the need of financing from the side of the enterprises. Consequently, it removed some of the important barriers for implementing cleaner production. This paper distinguishes between auditing and accounting approaches in the promotion of cleaner production and argues that auditing approaches are not sufficient for completion of the learning needed for integration of cleaner production into the practice of an enterprise. (C) 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

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  • Energy management system, Monitoring and targeting, Cleaner production, Energy performance contracting
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)255-264
JournalJournal of Cleaner Production
Volume39
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes