“A ‘Light’ Guide to Energy Savings in Transport” 

The EU mandatory threshold to identify energy savings opportunities (aka energy audits) is to reduce to 10Tj (2,8GWh or 280,00 litres of diesel eq.) with the adoption of the recast EU Energy Efficiency Directive 2024[1] i.e., the next EU corporate reporting round will bring many tens of thousands of organisations into the scope of transport energy audits to EN16247:2022 Parts 1 & 4 (transport).

Since the first round of energy audits in 2015, as convener for EN16247:2014, I have trained hundreds of experienced energy experts to find energy saving opportunities in their client’s transport fleets. 

The scale of the work from 2024 onwards is unprecedented and beyond what any one of us can train even with online learning.

So I am proud to see “A ‘Light’ Guide to Energy Savings in Transport”  hit the bookshops this week from River Publishers https://www.routledge.com/A-Light-Guide-to-Energy-Savings-in-Transport/Molloy/p/book/9788770227209 .

Initial feedback to early copies is good; ‘useful, ‘very good’, ‘excellent’, “really clear graphics”.  To that last I was surprised and was told many technical book graphics are low resolution or unreadable, having worked in imaging from analogue to digital I’m happy they are clear (as they should be – thank you River Publishing).

Front cover of A light guide to energy savings in transport – River Publishing May 2023

I started this journey in 2005, having seen a large fleet project I was involved with (working for an Irish web software start-up) reputedly the fleet saved over £1m stg in fuel alone per month.

Many people and organisations have helped me along the way (shoutouts below), and I hope this book helps the many new and experienced energy professionals identify transport energy efficiency opportunities for improvement (OFI) as our workload increases exponentially.

Saving energy and reducing CO2 in transport is challenging, it is complex, diverse, mobile and time hungry; fleet and transport managers are busy people with little time to spare for outsiders, this book shares my experience and tips for time management as well as fleet engagement.

This first book is aimed at professionals supporting commercial fleets and companies, if you are a fleet operator or sustainability team member who would like a ‘lighter’ guide to reducing CO2 in transport let River Publishers and myself know in the comments.

Finally, a shoutout to all those who helped me along the way, I hope you don’t mind a mention but this book and EN16247 wouldn’t be here without you: @SEAI @EST @SFC @AEE @IEA, @EnergyInst @CENCELEC @EUcommission @NSAI @ftai @reil @zemo @sustineo @cttc @klu @alanmckinnon @aeeireland @ciltIE @ciltinternational

PS if you have already ordered a copy, please do leave a review when you have finished reading and let us know what we missed or needs to be covered in a future edition.


[1] https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX%3A52021PC0558

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