About the EEB toolkit

The toolkit is a practical guide for organizations to plan and initiate energy efficiency programs for their buildings. It has a focus on the business case to support decision making on energy efficiency measures. The toolkit provides an approach that is applicable to all buildings (e.g. offices, factories, warehouses, laboratories, etc.), although its scope does not extend to addressing or reducing process energy use.

This toolkit has been developed based on research by Dr. Sekhar Kondepudi, Associate Professor in the Department of Building at the National University of Singapore with the support of the members of the EEB2.0 project. The first online version has been launched in December 2015 in Paris during the launch of the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction.

The Energy Efficiency Toolkit for Buildings has been developed as part of the WBCSD Energy Efficiency in Buildings (EEB) 2.0 project. The toolkit complements the WBCSD Manifesto for Energy Efficiency in Buildings, a pledge that 140+ organizations have already signed to take action towards improving the energy performance of their buildings and to report on progress.

For more information, please contact the WBCSD EEB team at eeb@wbcsd.org.

How to navigate the toolkit

The toolkit describes a simple five-stage process to implementing an organizational energy efficiency program. It provides high-level guidance on the various actions required to complete each step.

The journey does not need to be linear. The five steps described here outline one possible route to improved energy efficiency; they do not necessarily need to be completed rigidly in this order.

Navigate the toolkit by using either the sidebar or the flow chart to select “Vision, Planning, Implementation, Measurement and Verification, Results and Feedback”. Navigating through the flow diagram additionally allows the user to zoom to a specific sub-section of the Toolkit.

The toolkit provides as well as a range of more detailed tools and resources. “Tools and Resources” contained in this toolkit include numerous tables, figures, data and specific recommendations to assist you in your journey to energy efficiency. Click on links in the text or on the tools icon to explore this content further.

A selection of case studies are also supplied, providing real life examples of how organizations have overcome barriers or realized business opportunities to achieve significant energy efficiency improvements.

More case studies will be added progressively over the coming year. Case studies can be browsed by clicking the “Case Studies” button in the sidebar. Clicking the case study links in the toolkit will navigate straight to content relevant to the section of the toolkit you are currently reading. Then click the Read the Full Case Study button to read the full case study.

Role specific content

Some sections may be more relevant for specific stakeholders within the organisation. We have listed below the categories of stakeholders who may find interest in using the tool depending on their area of expertise. For each category, we suggest the relevant sections of the toolkit. For instance, Finance department may look in priority at how to calculate the return on investments of the recommended Energy Efficiency Measures – so we recommend they go specifically to the Financial evaluation section.

Link to ISO 50001

Whilst this toolkit has been designed for standalone use, it can also be used to assist companies working towards the ISO 50001 Energy Management System standard. The toolkit’s staged approach has been simplified from, but remains consistent with, the process required for ISO 50001. The ISO 50001 standard is referenced in relevant sections of the toolkit for those working towards this certification. Undertaking the recommendations described in this toolkit will not be sufficient with achieving the ISO 50001 standard, some mandatory actions for ISO 50001 certification including EnMS auditing and correction of nonconformities are beyond the scope of this toolkit.

Additional tools for energy management are also listed here

About the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), a CEO-led organization of some 200 forward-thinking global companies, is committed to galvanizing the global business community to create a sustainable future for business, society and the environment. Together with its members, the council applies its respected thought leadership and effective advocacy to generate constructive solutions and take shared action. Leveraging its strong relationships with stakeholders as the leading advocate for business, the council helps drive debate and policy change in favor of sustainable development solutions.

The WBCSD provides a forum for its member companies - who represent all business sectors, all continents and a combined revenue of more than $8.5 trillion, 19 million employees - to share best practices on sustainable development issues and to develop innovative tools that change the status quo. The council also benefits from a network of 70 national and regional business councils and partner organizations, a majority of which are based in developing countries.

About the Energy Efficiency in Buildings 2.0 project

In 2013 the WBCSD launched the second phase of its Energy Efficiency in Buildings project (EEB 2.0).

EEB 2.0 is about action: how Business is Taking action in their own buildings and how Business is Leading action to develop local action plans to overcome market barriers around four core topics (skills, awareness, policy, and finance). Read more about the EEB2.0 project.

Members of the EEB2.0 project
    EEB Co-chairs
  • LafargeHolcim
  • United Technologies
  • AkzoNobel
  • ArcelorMittal
  • Arcadis
  • Infosys
  • Schneider Electric
  • SGS
  • Siemens
  • Skanska

Give feedback / submit a case study

Contact the WBCSD EEB Team at eeb@wbcsd.org for more information.