The Journey to Net Zero
17 February 2022
The UK has ambitious carbon reduction targets, and the journey to achieving net-zero will involve every business making positive changes to their energy usage. To begin making meaningful change, companies must have an in-depth understanding of their energy consumption, and this can be achieved by harnessing cutting-edge Internet of Things (IoT) technology.
Before making any significant alterations to the way your business is powered, it’s essential to have a complete picture of how it currently runs and of the environmental impact of its buildings and assets. While metering will provide an overview of gas, electricity, and water consumption, it is only through sub-metering that you can identify specific energy usage patterns. Through sub-metering with systems such as CODA, it’s possible to gain insights into which assets are consuming the most energy and at what times of day. This data may reveal areas that can easily be improved without additional cost to the business. For example, if your premises are closed at night but the data shows that the HVAC system continues to consume energy after 6pm, you can quickly rectify this and see an instant reduction in consumption, and therefore the business’ carbon emissions.
The data gathered through applying IoT systems such as CODA can also help users make long-term behavioural changes. By using the data to highlight how simple actions, such as turning off lights can impact overall energy consumption, you may be able to influence users to make positive changes. Showing that individual steps are crucial to creating a more energy-efficient company could inspire building users to make small but significant changes that will advance your net-zero targets without further financial outlay.
While behavioural changes may be an essential step in your net-zero journey, digitalising your building and infrastructure could help to further your progress. IoT technologies can control building assets to ensure that they are used efficiently and productively. From managing assets such as HVAC settings to shutting down equipment outside of business hours, CODA can reduce energy consumption and emissions by up to 30%, which represents a leap in your net-zero journey.
The financial savings created by reducing energy consumption can then be reinvested in technology and assets to improve efficiency even further. From off-grid power supplies and electric vehicles to on-site generation, a wealth of efficient solutions is available. The data generated by CODA can help you identify which may work best for your business.
Once you have implemented and invested in energy-efficient assets or off-grid devices, CODA’s insights can provide the reports and evidence you need to validate your net-zero progress and show whether you will meet your targets. This continuous reporting and evaluation is critical for all successful net-zero journeys and proves that the money, time, and effort you are investing has the desired outcome.
For more information about how CODA can help you on your journey to net-zero, please contact the team on email: email@example.com