New Carbon And Energy Management Programme
New Carbon And Energy Management Programme to Drive Emissions Reductions.
26 March 2018
Three years after creating an advanced level energy management training course for practising energy and sustainability professionals, the Energy Management Association of NZ (EMANZ) has announced a major upgrade to include carbon reduction strategies.
The renamed Energy & Carbon Manager Professional programme develops the capability of larger NZ businesses and Government agencies to reduce carbon and energy use.
“Customer, investor and public awareness of climate change are all pushing businesses to take action over their emissions profile”, said Dr Mike Hopkins, CEO of EMANZ. “We’ve developed this programme to enable New Zealand’s leading businesses to understand the make up of their footprint and how they can do something about it”, he continued.
The programme is a combination of work-based activity, personal development and intensive workshop. Participants are mentored to develop and advance energy efficiency and carbon mitigation policies for their organisation while also gaining a valuable professional qualification. The programme is founded on international standards ISO50001 (energy management) and ISO14064 (greenhouse gas emissions).
Hopkins commented: “The inclusion of emissions management makes attendance on the programme even more important for our leading companies. We’ve already helped upskill personnel from Fonterra, Downers, Oji Fibres, Winstone/Golden Bay Cement and Watercare. This widening of scope means we can help an even broader range of companies, councils, universities and health authorities address one of the burning issues of our time – and save money at the same time. A crucial benefit is that the accreditation process involves developing energy management plans for the companies who put staff through the programme, so they get direct, immediate benefit.”
“We wouldn’t have been able to develop this programme without the support of EECA”, said Dr Hopkins, “and, with emissions in particular becoming a key focus for Government, we hope it will take a lead and that we’ll see more people from the Ministries signing up.”