Energy Management is a multi-faceted discipline that has evolved at the intersection of architectural, mechanical, electrical, environmental engineering; along with the socio-economic, political and policy administrative realms of a society. The scope of energy or resource management has been around since the dawn of civilization and we can trace regional and environmental specific dwellings, occupations, dresses and even linguistic crystallizations of societies along the resource management from the earliest known archeological evidence.


In the wake of complex technological and social needs of our times, energy management seems to be a melting pot for new ideas, historical lessons learned, old and new cultural practices and above all, the application of latest technology to help improve our living experience on this planet.


This amalgamation of multidisciplinary knowledge streams on to a common platform adds to the appeal of the science and discipline of energy management. In my opinion, the holistic dimension and the macro perspective of energy management is perhaps the most potent application of this discipline, i.e. policy making, updating our design practices, revised perspective on the economics and our attitude towards the environment.


Energy management thrives at the forefront of innovative ideas, engineering, technology, policy making, concept of circular economy. At the core of energy management is to reduce, reuse, recycle resources for any urban and municipal policy planning. Energy management spearheads the integration of concepts like long lasting design, maintenance, repair, reuse, remanufacture, refurbish, recycling and even upcycling of resources to counter anthropological impacts on the environment.


All in all, energy management is a linchpin in our struggle against the climate change. The scope of energy management spans over the site sustainability, water conservation, energy and atmosphere, human comfort, materials and resources, innovation and energy stewardship, economics, education and policy making. I see the science of energy management as a vehicle to attain a mutually beneficial relationship with our environment. I will like to coin the cardinal motto of energy management by re-phrasing Nobel Laureate Dr. John Nash’s famous ‘Nash Equilibrium’ that the best result will come when everyone is doing what is best for themselves and the environment.


So congratulations on considering a career in the energy management. This is the way of the future.


-Ali Syed


About Ali Syed

Ali is a trainer in CIET's Certified Energy Manager course. He has more than 17 years of diverse experience in Energy Conservation, Renewable Energy Systems, Energy Performance Contracting, Energy Management and Sustainability. Ali is working as a Technical Lead overseeing entire LEED, BOMA, Green Globes, Built Green Facilitation & Energy Modeling, HVAC System sizing, Energy Auditing, Life-Cycle Costing Assessment, Measurement & Verification and some Commissioning work for the Alberta Government. Ali is also a CaGBC Experienced Energy Modeller, LEED AP, Green Globes Professional (GGP), Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP).  


Throughout his career, Ali has conducted numerous Energy Audits ranging from commercial, healthcare, educational, residential and heavy industrial clients across North America and Asia. He actively speaks at international energy conferences and symposia and teach numerous courses in energy conservation across North America. Finally, Ali has published more than a dozen peer-reviewed articles on energy conservation globally and he demonstrates in-depth knowledge and understanding of project management tools & methodologies, as well as instruments and processes related to project preparation & implementation, resource management, and stakeholder communications.



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