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Publication Type : Journal Article
Publisher : International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, 2021.
Source : International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management (2021)
Campus : Amritapuri
School : Department of Management, School of Business
Department : Department of Management
Verified : Yes
Year : 2021
Abstract : Purpose Energy-efficiency leads to productivity gains as it can lower operating and maintenance costs, increase production yields per unit of manufacturing input and improve staff accountability. Implementation of energy-efficient technologies amongst industries, the factors influencing them and the barriers to their adoption have been the subject of several studies during the past three to four decades. Though energy-use behaviours of individuals or households are sufficiently explored, industrial energy conservation behaviour is scarcely studied. This study identifies the relationship between the different behavioural elements to open up a door for behaviourally informed intervention research. Design/methodology/approach Total interpretive structural modelling technique was used to determine the relationship between different elements of the behaviour of energy managers. Expert responses were collected to understand the relationship between the behavioural elements, through telephone interviews. Findings The study identified the relationship between the behavioural elements and found imperfect evaluation as the key element with the highest driving power to influence other elements. Research limitations/implications The authors postulate that a behaviourally informed intervention strategy that looks into the elements with high driving power such as imperfect evaluation, lack of focus on energy-saving measures and the lack of sharing energy-saving objectives can lead to: an increase in the adoption of energy efficiency measures and thereby a reduction in the energy efficiency gap; greater productivity gains and reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; Preparation of M&V protocol that incorporates behavioural, organisational and informational barriers. Social implications Various policy level interventions and regulatory measures in the energy field which did not address the behavioural barriers are found unsuccessful in narrowing the energy-efficiency gap, reducing the GHG gas emissions and global warming. Understanding the key driving factor of behaviour can help to design an effective intervention strategy to address the barriers to energy efficiency improvement. Originality/value Understanding the key driving factor of behaviour can help to design an effective intervention strategy to address the barriers to energy efficiency improvement. This study argues that through the systematic analysis of the imperfect evaluation of energy audit recommendations, it is possible to increase the adoption of energy efficiency measures that can lead to greater productivity gains and reduced GHG emissions.
Cite this Research Publication : J. Chillayil, Suresh, M., Dr. Viswanathan P. K., and Sasi K Kottayil, “Is imperfect evaluation a deterrent to adoption of energy audit recommendations?”, International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, 2021.