Helping our industrial customers improve their energy efficiency

06/01/2016
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Did you know that Total helps and encourages its business customers to optimize their energy consumption?

Following an energy audit, companies can reduce their energy consumption on average by between 2% and 15% and their energy bills by up to 30%.

Alongside efforts to achieve greater energy efficiency at its own sites, Total promotes Energy Management through two of its affiliates, BHC Energy and Tenag.

BHC Energy and Tenag are energy efficiency consulting companies, based respectively in France and Germany. Their role is to help their industrial and commercial or service customers improve their productivity while using less energy.

To achieve this, Energy Managers apply a common methodology that includes carrying out a precise assessment of energy use and consumption, assisting in the implementation of recommendations and providing long-term support through an energy management system (EMS) and energy information systems (EIS).

In addition, the affiliates offer their customers regulatory and financial expertise. The challenge for many companies is that they have neither the time nor the resources to keep up to date with rapidly changing E.U. legislation on energy efficiency.

This is why more than 1,000 companies have already turned to BHC Energy to help finance their energy efficiency efforts.

"We help customers finance investments to improve energy performance, either through Energy Efficiency Certificates (EEC) or by structuring innovative solutions such as Third Party Financing with dedicated energy efficiency funds," says François de Charnacé, CEO of BHC Energy.

Much more than simple advisors, Tenag and BHC Energy seek to support their customers over the long term to help them achieve energy excellence.

"Our clients are mostly industrial groups who first approach us to ensure they comply with standards, but we build on this momentum to go much further and develop a meaningful corporate project centered on energy efficiency," says Matthias Lisson from Tenag.

Since the COP 21 climate talks in December 2015, this momentum has gained speed and new sectors are turning to energy auditors.

"We are helping more and more players in the building industry such as building managers, store chains and lessors," says Francois de Charnacé. "However, our primary market remains SMEs. Large groups often have their own Energy Managers."

The picture differs for TENAG: Most TENAG customers are Non-SME. TENAG sets a focus on mid-sized and family‑owned companies, in Germany called “Mittelstand”. As in France the big companies often have their own Energy Managers, but TENAG supports the specialists with expert services and software tools to make their work more efficient. In a country where energy prices are the second highest in Europe, energy efficiency efforts have an immediate effect on companies' energy bills.