Training Local Workforces to Promote Energy Management in Industry and Buildings (Webinar)

29 January 2014

IPEEC logoThe Clean Energy Solutions Center, in partnership with the Global Superior Energy Performance Partnership's Energy Management Working Group and the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC), hosted this webinar on training and preparing workforces to implement energy management systems.

In the webinar, an international panel describes workforce training programs in their countries that facilitate greater energy management proficiency for personnel in the industry and commercial buildings sectors. Collectively, these programs provide a strong foundation to help companies and personnel in these sectors implement an energy management system and continually improve how they use their energy:

  • Canada: Dollars to $ense energy management workshops
  • Australia: Leadership & Change for Energy Efficiency in Accounting & Management
  • South Africa: ISO 50001 auditor certifications
  • United States: Certified Practitioners in Energy Management Systems credentialing program

This webinar will feature some of the training programs highlighted in the recently released Energy Management Working Group report, Knowledge and Skills Needed to Implement Energy Management Systems in Industry and Commercial Buildings. This report examines the knowledge and skills currently covered in workforce programs for professionals engaged in energy assessment and management in five of the 11 Global Superior Energy Performance Partnership countries: Australia, Japan, Republic of Korea, South Africa, and the United States. The report also identifies relevant knowledge and skills for key personnel that can influence energy management decisions within a company as well as common professional development models and noteworthy examples from additional Global Superior Energy Performance Partnership countries, including Canada.


Sylvia BoucherCanada — Sylvia Boucher, Chief, Training and Outreach Industry and Transportation Division, Natural Resources Canada

Sylvia Boucher is the Chief of Training and Outreach for the Industry and Transportation Division of the Office of Energy Efficiency at Natural Resources Canada. She has more than 25 years of experience working in natural resources sectors of the federal Public Service. Prior to joining the federal government, Sylvia held a position with an investment firm in private industry. Her experience extends to national and international public policy areas, regulations, program development and implementation, federal-provincial consultations and negotiations, industry advisory and aboriginal consultations. She has represented the federal government at national and international conferences and meetings on fisheries, forestry and energy matters. She holds an Honors degree in Economics and, a Bachelor of Arts degree with minor in Political Science, from Carleton University.

Patrick CrittendenAustralia — Patrick Crittenden, Director of Sustainable Business Pty Ltd

Patrick Crittenden is Director of Sustainable Business Pty Ltd, International Visiting Scholar at the Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute and a researcher at the University of Technology, Sydney. Patrick has partnered with corporate and government clients on projects that span corporate climate change strategy, energy efficiency training and education and energy efficiency policy development. Key projects include advising on the development and implementation of the Australian Energy Efficiency Opportunities Act (2006), developing a stakeholder engagement strategy to support the introduction of national energy management legislation in Mongolia, and reviewing the International Energy Agency's recently published Policy Pathway on Energy Management Programmes for Industry. Patrick has recently completed his doctoral thesis, which examines the strategies and practices that leading businesses in Australia have developed to significantly improve their energy efficiency performance. The findings from his research provide important insights into the actions that policymakers and practitioners can take to accelerate the adoption of effective energy management systems and practices in organisations.

Hemant GroverSouth Africa — Hemant Grover, Project Manager, Industrial Energy Efficiency Project, National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa

Hemant Grover is an electrical engineer with a Masters in Engineering Management. He has been extensively involved in energy management for the past 13 years. In his previous position, he served as the Services Manager for the University of Pretoria, championing several water and energy management projects. He is presently a project manager for the Industrial Energy Efficiency Project at the NCPC in South Africa. His experience in energy management ranges from R&D, to facilities management, commercial building energy management, industrial energy efficiency, ISO 50001, measurement and Verification, and renewable energy. Hemant sits on the South African mirror committee TC 242 for the ISO 50001 standard and is the convenor for working group 4 on ISO 50002, Energy Audits. He is very involved in implementation of ISO 50001 in South Africa, from training engineers and lead auditors on the standard, to facilitating implementation, to conducting certification audits. He has keen interests in renewable energy and has recently completed the Renewable Energy Professional course.

Paul ScheihingUnited States — Paul Scheihing, Project Manager, Advanced Manufacturing Office, Technical Assistance Team, U.S. Department of Energy

Paul Scheihing is a Technology Manager within the U.S. Energy Department’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO). He is the lead working on the development of the Superior Energy Performance certification program in partnership with U.S. industry. He is a member of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group that developed the ISO 50001 energy management standard. Scheihing has worked for DOE since 1988. He has developed with U.S. industry a variety of research, development and technology deployment partnerships and initiatives that all aim to encourage the more rapid adoption of energy efficient industrial technologies. In the 1990s, he managed the Energy Department’s voluntary industry partnerships such as Motor Challenge, Steam Challenge, and Compressed Air Challenge. Previous to the Energy Department, Scheihing worked for five years at the Garrett Turbine Engine Company and five years with Westinghouse Electric Corporation. Both jobs were as a Gas Turbine Development Engineer with a specialty of gas turbine combustor design, test and development. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut, and a Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Graziella SicilianoGraziella Siciliano, Science Education Fellow, U.S. Department of Energy

Graziella Siciliano is an Oak Ridge Institute of Science Education Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy where she has served as a coordinator for the Global Superior Performance Partnership (GSEP) initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial since August 2012. GSEP’s Energy Management Working Group works to cut global energy use by encouraging industrial facilities and commercial buildings to pursue continual improvement in energy efficiency through energy management. Working with government experts from member countries, Ms. Siciliano builds collaboration on strategies to accelerate implementation of energy management systems. Before joining the U.S. Department of Energy, Ms. Siciliano worked for three years as a Program Manager at the Alliance to Save Energy, a non-profit organization based in Washington DC. Her programs focused on building capacity of U.S. utilities to implement demand-side management programs and of increasing U.S public procurement of energy efficient appliance and equipment. Ms. Siciliano earned a B.A. in Political Science from Butler University (2002) and a M.A. in Energy and Environmental Policy and Economics from the Johns Hopkins University—School of Advanced International Studies (2009).