We often see ourselves as individual players within the larger system of the organization; looking at our immediate needs with little regard given to larger, systemic issues. But, understanding corporate goals across business divisions and being able to universally communicate the benefits of smart energy management practices can save money and energy while making you an important part of your organization.
At the CRMA Energy Summit, Dr. Ken Currie of the TTU Industrial Assessment Center said that we typically place production needs at odds with the operational goals of energy reduction. However, once you get everyone talking, you begin to see where possible savings can occur, and make system-optimal decisions that correct missteps or miscommunications that waste energy. Without collaboration, individual perspectives may be biased, or not have enough information to make decisions that put the organization first.