EnergyPal: Only 14% of the companies have a smart metering system for the main equipments

EnergyPal: Only 14% of the companies have a smart metering system for the main equipments

According to the study "Energy efficiency in Romanian companies" carried out by EnergyPal, in Romania, 69% of companies say they have not implemented a smart metering system for main equipment, 17% do not know, and only 14% took this step towards energy efficiency.

This situation is present in 46% of respondents in construction & real estate, 77% in food & agriculture, 64% in industrial production, 70% in utilities & energy and 66% in transportation industry sector.

"The Energy Efficiency Study in Romania 2018 is based on our intention to disclose the up-to-date picture of how both the legislative framework and the companies' preformance objectives are reflected in this approach. Beyond the data and graphs it contains, the study indicates a relatively low level of awareness of the role that energy efficiency measures play in the company's sustainable operation. We will continue to conduct this study in the years ahead, from the current pilot version to a more elaborate version, to give even more value to its content," says Lucian Anghel, Founder and CEO, EnergyPal Romania.
Most of the respondents (62%) say that energy efficiency means the ratio between performance, service, goods or energy and the energy used for that purpose. On the other hand, only 14% identify this concept with the capability to perform an action with minimal energy consumption.

The current level of consumption monitoring

In 55% of companies the current consumption monitoring level in the company is only achieved through a general utility meter, 34% have manual readings internally. Only 17% have detailed internal readings with automatic reading, and 7% have exportable consumption data in Excel. Only in 7% of companies we find integrated energy consumption with production monitoring.

Policy to reduce energy loss

It is somewhat gratifying that 66% of respondents say they have a policy of reducing energy loss within the company. At industry level, such a policy is 41% of professional service companies, 46% of financial services, but 66% of industrial production sector.

Policy to have cost-effective utilities

Not less than 7 out of 10 companies, of the respondents, say they have a policy to increase efficiency of the utility costs. At industry level, the best situation is in the industrial production sector (67%), followed by the construction & real estate industry (64%) and the utilities & energy industry (58%).

Assigning the role of Energy Manager

If 38% of the respondents say they have a responsible person in the company that deals with the energy efficiency plan (energy manager), the fewest companies with such a role are from transportation sector (17%), followed by production industrial (22%) and food & agriculture (26%) industry sector.

Programs to drive energy efficiency

Only 3 out of 10 companies say they have invested in a program aimed at driving energy efficiency. At the industry level, the fewest companies with such investments are in construction & real estate (20%), followed by food & agriculture (29%) and professional services (32%) industry.

Unfortunately, 31% of the industrial production companies are not aware of the obligations of the economic agents according to Law 121/2014 on energy efficiency, and the percentage rises to 50% in the case of construction & real estate.

"In most cases, facility management actions intersect with those of improving the energy efficiency of buildings. Buildings need both sets of services, integrated into a coherent operating program. This can provide additional benefits in terms of reliability and sustainability, as well as a higher use experience for end-beneficiaries. In future editions of the study, we will also focus on the synergy that integration of both types of services brings about and the specific ways in which companies that have this strategy have additional benefits," says Alexandru Theodor Miculas, Head of Facility Management Services, FMS Romania, co-author of the study.