The GAIA Methodology
We recognise that the key to managing your energy consumption through your staff.
People control energy usage, not your buildings, machines or equipment. Sustainable energy savings will only come when employees accept more efficient ways to consume. We also recognise that achieving your sustainability objectives and choosing capital investments is complex and requires practical, logical, coordinated steps.
Addressing both these issues we have developed The GAIA Path and The GAIA Behaviour Change Programme. These methodologies work together to ensure that: (i) your organisation’s sustainability strategy is rolled out in a logical sequence and (ii) the benefits to your organisation will be long-term because your staff will ’behave’ more efficiently around energy consumption.
The GAIA Path
The GAIA Path is a route map that takes an organisation from the beginning of the sustainability agenda towards the ultimate destination of carbon neutrality. Critically, it also provides the sequence that enables an organisation to build upon the investments already made, by being placed in the correct order and scheduled at the right time.
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The GAIA Behaviour Change Programme
The GAIA behaviour change programme combines a change management model with a monitoring system that is underpinned by behavioural indicators. These components enable organisations to manage the change and measure the performance. This provides an excellent platform to direct focus and motivation. Furthermore, it provides a measurable way to report progress internally. The GAIA Behaviour Change Programme has evolved from our implementation experience combined with input from our academic partners. This approach is unique to GAIA.
The programme drives the participants through a three stage change process: Assess, Launch, Recycle which identifies and resolves obstacles before moving on
Assess | understanding the obstacles
In this stage we propose to conduct a range of survey activities, interviews and facilitation sessions to enable employee groups to identify the challenges and opportunities of achieving behaviour change within the organisation .For example the assess stage may include:
- ‘myth busting’every organisation has operational myths which may give rise to apparently good reasons for being unable to save energy or increase recycling. These myths evolve to become unquestionable rules that could be career limiting if broken
- cultural surveying What are the drivers in your business, how are staff rewarded and recognised, how does the organisation view the environment strategic or compliance
Launch | making the change
- Enabling sustainable change requires a clear vision with clarity on the opportunity ahead to get a buy in from the organisation. At GAIA we creating a communication strategy using of the goals of the programme to achieve engagement. We also measure performance so it can see where savings are appearing using the GAIA web-based energy data platform.
- For example the launch stage may include
- creating a compelling message, which must be more than saving money or helping environment, A compelling message must explain the positive ambitions of our organisations and enable staff to see ‘whats in it for them’
- finding connectors – ‘connectors’ are the life blood of your organisational culture. They are people of influence not seniority, who if identified and engaged can help your change programme flourish.
Recycle | sustaining the change
Too often change programmes aren’t sustainable, not with GAIA. We know from experience how to make the change stick and embed the best practise into the organisation. Many legislative rules wants year on year reductions, so you have to find new ways to improve each year
By the Recycle Stage the organisation is ‘consciously aware’ of its energy usage. It reviews its programme successes and failures and normally, by this time it would be ready to embark on a next step of The GAIA Path.
The GAIA Methodology has resulted in customers making very large savings in energy consumption and costs. These savings are not one-offs but on-going because GAIA fundamentally changes the way people behave around energy.