Energy efficiency September 11, 2018

Relentless emissions of greenhouse gases from buildings needs and can be optimized.

 

We begin with a short science lesson. The sun continuously heats the Earth with visible light. The Earth, being naturally cooler, retains essentially none of that heat, instead re-emitting most of it heat as infrared light. Water and CO2 (along with a few other gases) trap infrared light and its residual heat on the Earth’s surface – hence causing greenhouse emissions and the aptly named global warming. The problem is compounded because once released into the atmosphere, CO2 lasts about 100 years. That means that the gases build up, trapping more and more infrared rays, and causing the planet to get warmer and warmer.

Today, buildings account for 36% of those greenhouse emissions.[1] Without coordinated efforts from individuals, businesses, organizations, and policymakers to reduce the amount of CO2 gases we produce, the (negative) impact will outlive the humans and businesses that caused the issue in the first place.[2]

The CO2 problem is not limited to global warming. It also creates air pollution, which makes the very air we breathe dangerous. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that three million people die every year as a result of exposure to ambient (outdoor) air pollution.[3]

What is being done to control CO2 emissions

Fortunately, policymakers and business owners across the globe have begun to join forces in the task of minimizing CO2 emissions to protect our atmosphere. In November of 2016, for example, the United Nations entered The Paris Agreement to challenge the world to invest in and prioritize clean energy solutions minimizing CO2 emissions.

 

The Paris Agreement’s aim is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius.[4]

 

Some countries already have made great strides toward cleaner air. Denmark is the clear leader when it comes to keeping emissions down. The country produces less CO2 per capita than anywhere else on Earth, followed by Finland and Nigeria.[5] As technological advancements increase, the hope (and expectation) is that organizations and businesses can do more and more to comply with the Paris Agreement and create a safer atmosphere.

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The solution to energy efficiency

One of the most important things building owners can do to contribute to the progress is to integrate intelligent energy optimization technologies. Egain provides the technology and resources building owners need to create these critical efficiencies. Our Leading IoT and Cloud platform Egain Edge is designed to enhance energy performance. The engine in Egain Edge is a powerful AI platform that analyzes more than six million data points each day, giving building owners up-to-the-minute analysis of how well the building is performing. The self-learning cloud-based service automatically visualizes and optimizes energy usage to simplify the process of lowering emissions. With that intelligence, building owners can burn fewer (or no) unnecessary fossil fuels and increase their energy efficiency, which enables them to save money and reduce CO2 emissions.

The Example – Egain Reduced CO2 with 20% Energy Savings

Egain client E / F Kildemarksvænget is an owner association with a total of four buildings located in Næstved in South Zealand, Denmark. They heat their buildings using gas and use an outdoor temperature sensor to control the temperatures inside their properties. Their buildings are on a hill and are exposed to wind and weather, which makes it challenging to control internal temperatures based only on the outdoor temperature readings. Before turning to Egain, E / F Kildemarksvænget faced unstable indoor temperatures and unnecessarily high heating costs.

After a year with Egain, the company had reduced their heating costs to DKK 39,295. Their total annual energy savings were 20%. Egain helped the company to decrease the pollutants released into our atmosphere by reducing CO₂ emission to 9 594 kg and reducing kWh/m²/year to 14.5.

Learn more about their story here.

“Since we installed Egain Edge, we have both reduced our heating costs and improved indoor climate control. We can recommend Egain to other associations that will get better heat management and less CO₂ impact.”

– Erik Slott, Chairman

Reducing CO₂ emission is an investment responsibility for every business owner. In countries where emission rates already are under control, businesses can invest in resources like Egain Edge to build competitive advantages around more comfortable, stable interior temperatures and lower operational costs. In countries still facing significant greenhouse gas and air pollution issues, the investment is both competitive and for the good of the country.

Ultimately, investing in the technologies that can improve air quality and slow the effects of global warming for the generations of today and the future generations of tomorrow is a responsibility we all share.

You can reduce your CO₂ emission and learn more about what Egain can do for you today. Contact us to learn more.

[1] European Union

[2] Economic co-benefits of reducing CO2 emissions outweigh the cost of mitigation for most big emitters, London School of Economics

[3] World Health Organization international statistics

[4] United Nations Paris Agreement

[5] https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/maps-and-graphics/co2-emissions-per-capita-ranking/

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