e5- Strategic Energy Planning

e5 is a method for setting and achieving energy goals by targeting five special focus areas.
For best results, the implementation of the processes involved must obtain approval and backing at the highest possible management level. The method covers all the necessary steps to ensure energy efficiency improvements while keeping overall energy use to a minimum. It can be used throughout an entire organisation or for selected parts. The development of the method is based on many years of systematic work in close cooperation with different clients.

What can e5 offer your organisation?

By applying the e5 work method to your organisation, you can achieve:

  • Lower energy costs
  • More efficient energy use
  • Improved environmental profile

Energy issues are addressed at three specific levels:
At Management level, to:

  • Set long-term goals
  • Identify managerial and organisational needs to achieve these goals
  • Communicate and handle energy efficiency issues
  • Draw up strategic plans based on key indicators for energy performance

At Organisation level, to:

  • Implement energy programmes to create savings throughout the organisation
  • Compare the use of energy within different parts of the organisation
  • Identify key indicators applicable to the organisation

At Building level, to:

  • Draw up recommendations for energy efficiency improvements in specific buildings
  • Implement technical and organisational energy efficiency measures

e5 can be used in most types of organisations, for example:

  • Industrial companies

– Engineering
– Information and communication technology
– Electronics
– Vehicles
– Building construction
– Foodstuffs

  • Property owners

Private and public
– Commercial buildings
– Public buildings
– Industrial buildings
– Multi-family buildings

e5 comprises five focus areas for a whole organisation:

  • Energy Management targets decision makers and addresses general management questions and goals.
  • Energy Mapping creates an overview of energy use throughout the whole organisation.
  • Energy Statistics provide decision makers with basic data for comparisons of energy use within the organisation.
  • Energy Audit provides a complete survey of energy use in a building.
  • Energy Measures comprises identification, approval and implementation.

Energy Management

Although the term actually incorporates all the following focus areas, it is also used on its own to describe how an organisation can best handle energy-related issues, including, for example, how the overall work should be structured.


  • To assess existing energy policies and overall energy goals. To identify the key members of staff and their present levels of competence;
  • To establish how information is to be used and communicated as well as action accountability at management level;
  • To set long-term energy goals for the organisation;
  • To identify applicable key indicators for decision makers and management.

 Questions to be dealt with during the process:

  • How does the present organisation deal with energy-related issues and how should it be set up in the future?
  • What decisions are to be made and by whom?
  • What information must be communicated and by whom?
  • How is information going to be dealt with and how will it be used?

Energy mapping
If a company/organisation manages a number of different sites, perhaps geographically spread out, it is important to have an idea of how much energy is used at each location. In this step, it is also essential to have an overview of how and where energy is being used at each particular site. Unfortunately, sub-meters are rarely used in buildings, which means that only total energy use figures are normally available.


  • To provide management with an overview of energy use and costs for the whole organisation;
  • To identify the main areas to be mapped;
  • To establish long-term goals and intermediate goals for improving energy efficiency and creating cost savings in different parts of the organisation.

 The process will include:

  • Interviews with key staff members;
  • The development of methods for data collection regarding energy use at the different locations;
  • A database for information handling;
  • Analysis work.


Energy statistics

In order to correctly determine which sites are the most energy-efficient, and which are the least energy-efficient, suitable key indicators must be identified. These indicators will then provide quick feedback regarding areas of interest and which of them need closer investigation. Key indicators can relate to different energy parameters, such as usage expressed in kWh/m2, kWh per product, etc. This step will provide data regarding which sites should be prioritised and the order, in which sites should undergo the next step in the e5 process, can be established.


  • To create applicable key indicators for energy use;
  • To create a framework for long-term undertakings to reduce energy use within the organisation,
  • To facilitate comparisons between different parts of the organisation;
  • To establish benchmarks for comparisons with similar operations.

The process will include:

  • Interviews with key staff members;
  • Suitable tools for energy statistics;
  • Comparisons between sites based on key indicators;
  • Analysis work.


Energy Audit

An energy audit for a site or a building is performed in order to identify all the applicable and feasible energy efficiency measures that can be carried out. There are different ways of tackling this, both with regards to carrying out the actual building inspections and determining their specific energy uses, and with regards to economical assessments.


  • To analyse energy use in individual buildings in order to identify the direct and long-term measures needed;
  • To create a detailed picture of how the organisation plans and manages its day-to-day work to achieve improved energy efficiency and how it can be further improved;
  • To create a list of priorities regarding the measures to be taken and a plan of action for those with the highest priority.

 The process includes:

  • The use of specially adapted tools for energy audits;
  • Site/building investigations and identification of appropriate energy saving measures;
  • Costing and prioritisation of the measures to be taken.

Energy Measures

This step involves carrying out the measures identified in the previous step. The scope of this work will depend on the proposed measures, from those that could be carried out by in-house personnel to comprehensive energy projects requiring a contractor.


  • To carry out the required measures to improve energy use and to reduce costs;
  • To implement processes that will ensure continual and long-term energy efficiency improvements in the building;
  • To follow up the measures that have been carried out.

The process includes:

  • Installation and commissioning of technical systems for improving energy efficiency;
  • Development of staff routines;
  • Prioritisation of energy use.


Our offer

 We offer our clients customised solutions, from a preliminary study to the complete implementation of e5, depending on their individual requirements.
A preliminary study comprises an overview of the organisation, including present energy strategies and information handling routines, as well as interviews with key personnel. The study will result in proposals showing how e5 can best be implemented in the organisation.

Please contact us for further information and find out what we can do for you.

Examples of companies which have implemented the e5 working method

Collaboration began in the spring of 2008 when CIT Energy Management drew up a proposal for a global strategy for dealing with energy efficiency measures within the group. Additional energy-related information gathering was implemented in an existing database. Proposals for suitable KPIs were presented and implemented. An Energy Survey Checklist was drawn up for each plant.


CIT Energy Management was commissioned by Ericsson to draw up a document for strategic energy and environmental management. The document will be used an aid for target-oriented energy and environmental work at all levels in their organisation, from individual plants to group management level. To form a solid basis for our directives, CIT Energy Management visited and interviewed key employees at six Ericsson plants, from India in the east to Canada in the west.


CIT Energy Management carried out its first energy audit in 2006, for a single building located at the company’s plant in Huskvarna. In 2009, the energy efficiency measures were extended to cover the whole plant. The role of CIT Energy Management in this project was, at first, to carry out energy mapping at the whole plant and then to assist the company with training programmes and expert support during the energy audit and implementation steps. Basic training courses were held for key staff members from Husqvarna, so that they would be able to carry out energy audits in their respective departments. The energy audits were then carried out in collaboration with CIT Energy Management. Concrete proposals for measures to be taken were drawn up and then carried out by Husqvarna. During the project, complementary and advanced training of the operational personnel was also carried out in order to strengthen them in their roles as in-house energy experts.