Energy Efficiency in Industry for Beginners

In this course, you will:

  • Understand the critical role energy efficiency plays in the fight against climate change

  • Learn how a mathematical model of the energy consumption of a process can be used to increase its efficiency

  • Learn how to make a business case for an energy efficiency project

  • Discover the methods used to estimate the economic benefit resulting from increasing energy efficiency

  • Undrestand how Monte Carlo analysis can be used to estimate the risk associated with implementing and energy savings project

What you'll learn

  • Energy Efficiency & Climate Change

    Discover the importance of energy efficiency in controlling global climate change.

  • Capital Budgeting Crash Course

    Learn to speak the same language as the financial decision-makers of your company and use it to convince them to approve your energy efficiency project. See how energy efficiency projects can increase the profitability of your organization.

  • Measurement and Verification Plans

    Over the last decade, standard protocols for efficiency projects, known as M&V Protocols, have been developed. Learn more about them in this course.

  • Energy Consumption Modelling

    Learn how a mathematical model for the energy consumption of your process, product or structure can be used to identify energy savings opportunities.

  • Energy $avings

    See how energy consumption models are used to estimate energy savings.

  • Risk Estimation

    Learn about Monte Carlo analysis, a well-known risk assessment method used to calculate the best, worst and probable case scenarios of an investment.


  • Duration : 2 hours

    This course allows participants to earn 2 engineering PDH (professional development hours).

  • Level: Introductory

    This course is suitable for beginners. More advanced students will benefit from the discussion of the interplay between energy efficiency and climate change as well as the overview of risk assessment and calculation.

  • Audience

    Engineers • Building Managers • Anyone wanting to learn a systematic approach to reducing the energy consumption of buildings and processes.

  • Requirements

    No prerequisites needed.

  • Format: 100% online

    Start instantly and learn on your own schedule • On-demand video and text lessons • 2-year access from mobile telephone and computer

  • Shareable Certificate: Yes

    Earn a shareable completion certificate indicating that you have earned 2 engineering PDH (Professional Development Hours).

What is energy efficiency?

Learn the what, why and how of energy efficiency in this online course

Energy efficiency is eliminating energy waste. 

It allows the same work to be done with less energy.

This simple concept quickly raises a number of questions. 

Here are a few:

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Energy Efficiency Question 1Why is energy efficiency important?

Energy Efficiency Question 2How can energy efficiency be achieved at the level required to mitigate climate change?

Energy Efficiency Question 3How can engineers help?

Energy Efficiency Question 4Can you show me an example of a current energy efficiency innovation?

Importance of Energy EfficiencyWhy is energy efficiency important?

Did you know that energy efficiency is just as important to fighting climate change as the transition to renewable energies?

According to the IEA (International Energy Agency), if all cost-effective energy efficiency measures were implemented between now and 2040, greenhouse gas emissions would fall 12% relative to today despite a doubling in the size of the economy. 

Implementing all cost-effective energy efficiency measures between now and 2040 would result in achieving 40% of the total carbon emissions reduction target. 

Energy efficiency and carbon reduction

Source: IEA Energy Efficiency Market Report

Back to the questions about energy efficiency

Fighting climate change with energy efficiencyHow can energy efficiency be achieved at the level required to mitigate climate change?

Achieving the level of energy efficiency required to control climate change would require significant investments in the transport, building and industrial sectors. 

Energy Efficiency Investments by Sector and Region, 2017

Source: IEA Energy Efficiency Market Report

Although 236 billion USD were invested in 2017, to reduce carbon emissions enough to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius,  investments in energy efficiency projects overall must double between now and 2025, and then double again after 2025.

This would result in many other economy-wide benefits such as reducing the need for energy imports and lowering energy costs for households, businesses and industries. 

Of course, renewable energy technologies can also help to reach these goals, however, improving energy efficiency is the cheapest – and often the quickest – way to reduce the use of fossil fuels.  

Back to the questions about energy efficiency 

How can engineers improve energy efficiencyHow can engineers help?

In this course, we ask the question, "How can engineers play an active role in improving energy efficiency?" 

Here's a summary of the steps engineers should take.

Determine the energy driversDetermine Energy Consumption Drivers

First, engineers must determine what is driving the energy consumption in their product, process or structure. 

Model the energy consumptionModel Energy Consumption

Then, they must derive mathematical models to determine how energy consumption would change under different conditions. This helps to identify energy savings opportunities. 

Business Case for energy efficiencyBuild a Business Case for the Investment

Once technical solutions have been chosen, engineers must convince the financial officers of their companies to take on these energy efficiency projects. 

To do so, engineers must translate their technical case into a convincing business case based on capital budgeting principles.

What we cover in this courseWhat is covered in this course

This course provides engineers with a solid understanding of the importance of energy efficiency to the fight against climate change, the techniques employed to model energy consumption and estimate energy savings and includes a crash course in capital budgeting. 

By the end of this course, you will be able to present both the technical and financial merit of an energy efficiency project.

Back to the questions about energy efficiency


How can engineers improve energy efficiencyAn example of an energy efficiency engineering innovation in transportation: 

The Hyperloop

The Hyperloop is a term coined by Elon Musk for a hypothetical high-speed mode of transportation which would essentially consist of passenger cars travelling in a network of tubes. 

The Hyperloop passenger capsules would be designed to travel at nearly two times the speed of commercial airplanes while using less energy. 

The Hyperloop

Source:  The Daily Mail UK 


The Hyperloop design minimizes the two major energy consumption drivers of ground-level transportation: 

Friction 1Friction with the ground

Friction 2Friction with the air.

It overcomes them by:

Overcoming friction 1Having each passenger capsule float on a 0.02–0.05 inch (0.5–1.3 mm) layer of air using a method resembling the levitation of pucks over an air hockey table.

Overcoming friction 2Containing the passenger capsules inside a steel tube maintained at a partial vacuum.

Using these techniques to eliminate friction with the ground and greatly reduce air resistance, the capsules could glide for the bulk of the journey.

Back to the questions about energy efficiency

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What engineers are saying about this course


- SS from Manitoba

Great Job! the concepts were very easy to understand. Please create a course on how to estimate GHG emission from projects

- HC from Saskatchewan, Canada

Very informative

- JW of Manitoba, Canada

Great course! Provides great insight even for someone looking to invest in energy-efficient systems for their home.

- TG from Illonois, USA


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Energy Efficiency Specialist

Andrés Mercado Salomon, CMVP, RCx

Andrés Mercado-Salomon is an engineer with over 15 years' experience in many energy-related sectors, namely sustainable energy innovation, energy efficiency program design and implementation, financial analysis of sustainable energy projects, energy modelling of buildings and processes and measurement and verification of performance.

Andrés has worked in 11 countries from the Americas and the MENA Region in the commercial, industrial and institutional sectors. In Canada, Andrés has worked with government agencies and private companies to help them design and implement sustainable projects and assess their technical and financial performance.

Andrés is an experienced trainer. He has trained engineers and technicians from the institutional and commercial sectors in Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Peru, Algeria, Egypt, Palestine and Saudi Arabia. In 2011, he founded Abrafo Negajoule, a company specialized in helping clients make use of their resources efficiently and profitably.

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