Energy efficiency measures can have positive effects that occur in addition to the apparent energy savings and CO2 reductions and that may affect different business units within a company. These effects are referred to as Multiple Benefits or Non-Energy Benefits. The resulting impacts of these effects are wide-ranging and usually account for a reduced payback time as well as for decreasing operating expenses of an energy efficiency measure.
The competence center Power Economy develops methods and approaches, which are exclusively aligned to the specific requirements of the industrial partners in order to assess the Multiple Benefits of energy efficiency measures. The comprehensive identification, quantification and monetisation of the Multiple Benefits supports the decision-making process within a business with regards to energy efficiency investments.
Each individual solution is based on the same methodology: First, the considered energy efficiency measure as well as all processes lying within the defined system boundary are systematically analysed. In a second step, the relevant Multiple Benefits are identified under consideration of the input from all stakeholders involved in the decision process. The identified Multiple Benefits are then quantified and eventually the monetary value of each benefit is evaluated.
Priorisation. Comparison. Coordination.
The chosen approach enables the industrial partners to assess the planned as well as the already implemented energy efficiency measures based on a full-cost analysis and therefore to put them on the same level as their core investments. This makes it possible to clearly prioritise and compare competing investments and to coordinate energy efficiency projects with business specific goals and strategies.