Development of an effective energy management tool to help SMEs to adopt an environmental management system

  • Abul Kalam MD Sarwarzaman

    Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Science by Research


    This project addresses the needs of SMEs when confronted with the problem of managing of their energy usage. Following a literature survey to determine the key factors influencing companies where it would appear that this is primarily driven by demands from key stakeholders, a set of important energy issues were identified.

    Some of the identified issues significantly affect the implementation of an environmental management system (EMS) in small and medium enterprises. The literature review was also used to find out the drivers and barriers to the adoption of an environmental management system. In a global context there are future economic, social and fiscal pressures to reduce carbon footprint. Companies will inevitably have to address these considerations in the longer term.

    The present work reports the development of a web publishable electronic tool in “frontpage” to give training, which simulates a real situation as closely as possible, and can be integrated into a company to address its energy related issues with example, environmental issues and formal EMS application. The tool is aimed primarily at SME’s in the manufacturing sector, in service industries such as shops and offices, and in the public sector such as schools but could find application in a wide range of enterprises.

    Outcomes: The major outcomes of this project are-
    - The identification and analysis of the value of EMS in industrial sectors.
    -The exploration of the type and nature of the barriers which affect the adoption of EMS, and the advantages and incentives to companies who exercise sound environmental behaviour.
    -The development of a web publishable electronic education and training implementation tool for industrial companies using frontpage software.
    Date of Award2011
    Original languageEnglish
    Awarding Institution
    • Coventry University
    SupervisorLes Duckers (Supervisor)


    • energy usage
    • environmental management system
    • companies
    • SMEs

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