I’ve been deep in analysis of comments from SMEs on the topic of energy recently and came across a comment that made me think. The comment stated that an enterprise tended to focus on actions that bring about productivity rather than energy savings. This got me thinking – do energy saving actions increase productivity in the workplace? And perhaps the core of this question is – what is productivity?


Putting aside that productivity is more than likely filled with meaning dependent on the type of organisation, the person doing the defining etc. A generalised definition that is useful as a working definition could be thought of as ‘the rate of output related to the unit of input’. Energy could be conceptualised as an input – although maybe not an input that is as expensive as others. Nonetheless, it is hard not to include energy