All maps presented by the Project experts were generating using the data of pilot rating Ukrainian Energy Index , which was initiated and financed by "System Capital Management" Company.
One of these effective tools that provides an enterprise with the possibility to steadily build up productivity, improve performance, be energy efficient is benchmarking.
Benchmarking is the process of searching the ways to achieve higher manufacturing efficiency through systematic analysis of processes and methods of operation at various enterprises.
Benchmarking envisages continuous analysis and evaluation of manufacturing methods applied at an enterprise comparing them with the best domestic and international practices and further introducing the most effective approaches.
Benchmarking is a very common practice in the world. The main idea underlying benchmarking emerged at the beginning of ХХ century. The most striking example was Henry Ford’s visit to the slaughterhouse in Chicago. The carcasses hung on the hooks and the conveyor moved them from one worker to another with each worker doing his portion of processing. This manufacturing method inspired Mr.Ford and he launched it in the form of automobile conveyor.
Why benchmarking is needed:
- to strive for excellence
- to learn from others’ lessons – to study best practices
- to identify an acceptable difference between own operations and other companies’ operations
- to avoid complacency
- to increase efficiency.
Energy efficiency benchmarking enables to find out how efficiently an enterprise uses energy as compared to rivals and similar best enterprises in its industry. It helps to identify the spots where energy is excessively consumed. For instance, what stage energy is wasted at: at generation, transportation or when consumed for product manufacturing?
However it is not essential to use only competitive or sectoral benchmarking. This method is flexible and it is possible to compare enterprises from different sectors in full or only their individual processes, workshops or sectors. For example, the following issues may be analyzed:
- How much more energy do we consume for heating office premises than others? Why? What is the least cost solution to this problem?
- Why do we consume more electricity to refrigerate products than other enterprises? What is the best solution to reduce this indicator value?
- What potential percentage reduction in electricity bills may we achieve through application of the three-zonal tariff? Why do some enterprises manage to reach higher savings than others?
- What secondary sources of heat energy do other enterprises use for hot water supply?
They are only several issues that benchmarking may help to address, however, an economic effect upon getting of benchmarking outcomes and launching of best practices offers an enterprise significant energy saving opportunities.