Ingo Herzog is a specialist working on questions related to energy management at different entities of Total in Germany. He’s also involved in audits and certifications for client’s in the framework of Total energy efficient network agency (TENAG) mandates.
What is a typical working day like for you?
Because of my current job of carrying out audits, I visit different clients of TENAG directly on-site for the purposes of implementing the energy management system. This is when I can put my experience into practice. Part of my job is to recognise possible opportunities for energy efficiency, and make the client aware of them while taking the client's economic targets into account.
Which of your projects do you associate with the slogan 'committed to better energy'?
I basically associate all the work I carry out for Total Deutschland in the energy management sector with the slogan 'committed to better energy'! All the departments with whom I collaborate closely contribute to optimising energy-relevant processes. This could be done by using energy efficiency measures, e.g. installing LED technology in the lighting systems for buildings, or by encouraging employees to save energy in the long-term.
Energy is an important costs factor for businesses. What are the key challenges?
Mainly recognising and also documenting potential opportunities for energy efficiency, and implementing cost-cutting measures from an economic perspective – those are the key challenges. It is also important to reconsider and re-evaluate efficiency measures, which may not take the economic perspective into account at the current time, at regular intervals. It helps to regularly keep up to date with legislation in the energy sector. We also follow political discussions and, if necessary, we immediately decide to meet any demands presented by the legislators that may have relevance to the energy sector, with a view to providing our clients with an innovative service in a timely manner. It is definitely beneficial for a company to stay on the ball where subjects such as energy management and energy efficiency are concerned.
Can you provide any concrete examples of what Total's energy management solutions contribute towards saving money?
Our group has given itself an international target. This target is that by 2020 – with 2012 as a starting point – we will have reduced our entire energy consumption by a total of 10%! For Total Deutschland, this target means a reduction of about the average consumption a single family home with four people living there needs a year!
In your opinion, which particular aspects should businesses focus on in order to increase their own energy efficiency?
Energy efficiency is not just a task for employees of a business which is active in energy-intensive sectors. Everyone can make a daily contribution to cutting down on the use of our existing energy resources. For this purpose, you need information and instructions aimed at employees, and managers who lead by example.
Speaking of the future, which changes will be occurring for Total?
With the international 'Committed to better energy' campaign and concrete targets for consumption reduction, we are making the first step towards more energy efficiency, and with the help of energy management systems, we are taking careful dealings with energy resources into account. We also offer products which combine ecological performance and services, such as our Fuel Economy (FE) lubricants, and premium fuels such as EXCELLIUM. I think that Total will cover even more bases in the future. And that includes further products in the service sector, as well as renewable energy resources. Heat and mobility are our specialities; we work actively with our clients in these areas, and they see us as competent partners where all energy issues are concerned – including energy saving!