Title: Benchmarking as a strategic policy tool for energy management

Authors: Sytze A. Rienstra, Peter Nijkamp

Addresses: Department of Spatial Economics, Free University Amsterdam, De Boelelaan, 1105, 1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Department of Spatial Economics, Free University Amsterdam, De Boelelaan, 1105, 1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Abstract: In this paper, we analyse to what extent benchmarking is a valuable tool in strategic energy policy analysis. First, the theory on benchmarking is concisely presented, e.g., by discussing the benchmark wheel and the benchmark path. Next, some results of surveys among business firms are presented. To offer a more detailed analysis of the scope and potential of benchmarking, results are presented from a pilot study in the energy distribution sector. The paper is concluded by identifying key success factors for a benchmarking project and by drawing conclusions on the value of benchmarking as management tool.

Keywords: Benchmarking; energy; performance.

DOI: 10.1504/IJGEI.2002.000949

International Journal of Global Energy Issues, 2002 Vol.17 No.4, pp.341-359

Published online: 18 Aug 2003 *

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