Sustainability starts with saving energy because you don’t have to generate what you don’t use. Beneficial for you and the environment. But how does saving energy work? Why do we have to save energy? And how can Summit Engineering be of help?
In the Climate Agreement we all agreed to emit less CO2.: 49% less in 2030 compared to 1990, and 95% less by 2050. Not an easy target, and we have to put in some real efforts ourselves. For example by generating more sustainable energy with solar panels, wind turbines and biomass. However if we continue our energy consumption at the same rate or even increase it, we will not be able to produce enough sustainable energy. Sustainably produced energy takes up a relatively large amount of space, is relatively expensive and is not yet available in large quantities. If, in addition to generating more sustainable energy, we start using less energy, we will achieve the sustainability targets sooner. This will enable us to reach the goals of using less fossil fuels and emitting less CO2 more quickly.
Step 1: insight
The first step in saving energy is to obtain insight into your consumption. It provides easy comparisons with others, helps to discover the opportunities and shows the impact of measures taken. The more accurate and specific the measurements, the easier it is to actually start saving energy. It’s the same with energy management at home; you may know your total consumption, but you don’t know the consumption of each individual appliance. Once you have measured how much each of your appliances consumes, you can identify the biggest energy consumers. When you know which appliances are the heavy consumers, it is easy to target replacements or to optimise their use. Summit Engineering can help you obtain those necessary insights.
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Step 2: taking measures
Now we know the root of our energy consumption, it is time to take action. For example, insulation is a good way of reducing the energy consumption required to heat a building and of making it more comfortable for the people inside. The energy consumption of machines and appliances can be reduced by replacement, modification or conversion. As there is always a behaviour and a technology aspect to total consumption, we tackle both. Summit Engineering helps to determine which measures can be taken, and where they should be taken to achieve an optimum result.
Step 3: measuring
Remeasuring demonstrates the effect of the measures taken and whether they had the desired impact. This is also a required step for the EED Energy Audit, so you can demonstrate that your company’s consumption has decreased. Summit Engineering also likes to make use of ISO 50001. This includes the theme of energy management in the existing management cycle, and removes the requirement of an EED Energy audit report. Even if your company is not subject to EED, it is interesting to keep measuring continuously. Continuous measurements enable continuous improvements. Essential to the permanent reduction of energy consumption and the associated costs and emissions. Summit Engineering can help implement the right measurement systems and energy management, such as ISO 50001.