Meeting sustainability targets should start with data

By Andrea Temporiti, Head of Digital for ABB Electrification

Demand for electricity is rising, with industrialisation and urbanisation driving an expected increase of 33 % by 2040. 1 These alarming upwards trajectories are spurring governments all around the global world into action, with all major economies starting to regulate carbon energy and emissions usage more forcefully.

For some countries, new legislation places a genuine onus on businesses to intensify and play their part in reach-ing Government sustainability targets, by adopting the policy, technology, business and behavioural model changes had a need to make both their workplace and industry zero-carbon.

You can find already notable types of how governments are encouraging businesses to remain competitive actively, compliant, and responsible socially, with over 40 countries and much more than 20 cities, states and provinces taxing companies on the quantity of carbon pollution they generate already. Alarmingly yet, a survey conducted by YouGov discovered that 40 percent of SMEs in the united kingdom are yet to truly have a sustainability plan set up and 30 % don’t have any intention of adopting one.

Achieving net zero may be the responsibility of everybody, and enterprises are anticipated to play their part, regardless of their business or turnover size. Even at ABB, with this 2030 Sustainability Strategy we have been tackling our very own carbon emissions and seeking to drive impact from the inside-out with a concentrate on achieving carbon neutrality across our very own operations 1.

So when it involves meeting business sustainability targets, facilities managers, in your own operations even, are right in the thick of it, and the magnitude of the duty accessible can feel overwhelming. Getting started off with technology, solutions and strategies that may support the journey to net zero, without requiring considerable financial outlay can be an important first rung on the ladder, but where in the event you start?

Focus on data

Once we approach the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in October, industry leaders are anticipating stricter legislation and binding pledges which will force businesses to begin with their journey to sustainability, if they are prepared for this, or not.

The nagging problem is, most organisations don’t have control over their energy consumption, nor a precise methodology to see them on what their building or site is operating. This is the first step in developing a highly effective sustainability strategy and the solution is based on data collection and analysis.

The first adoption of easy to use, plug-and-play energy management tools provides aggregated-time or real-time insight into how and where your facility is consuming energy, from the lights and the server room to energy-hungry systems on a production line.

Armed with accurate data, facilities managers will start to reap the advantages of digitalisation – strategically making small but significant changes to lessen power consumption, improve operational efficiencies, drive cost reductions, and meet sustainability targets. Actually, a power data and analysis program could re-veal patterns of energy waste that could otherwise be impossible to identify, helping you to maximize impactful changes, first-time.

Improvements predicated on data monitoring have already been proven to reduce energy consumption by around 45 % which proves that understanding where and how your organization is consuming (and wasting) energy is really a critical first step. Continually monitoring energy power and consumption quality, lets you make strategic and in-formed decisions on the tiny changes you may make quickly, and the bigger sustainability in-vestments necessary to make your organization compliant.

Simple solutions with an easy ROI

Cloud-based asset and energy management software, like ABB Ability™ Energy and Asset Manager, could make this process simple, letting you visualise instantly, electrical-system and asset behaviour in one clear and concise interface. Software such as this is quick to make use of, as it is really a Software as something (SaaS) and re-quires little to no investment inside it infrastructure and will be scaled across multiple sites to create a whole and accurate picture of business energy consumption.

With undetectable resources of energy consumption visible using this type of system otherwise, profits on return is quick and sustainable consistent with your company’s carbon reduction targets.

Start small, increase

With data monitoring set up, the key would be to start small. Make small but impactful strategic changes to your electrical systems, such as for example introducing digital switchgear, processes and company behaviours monitor improvements via your computer data collection software then.

Once you’ve identified larger areas for improvement, consider dealing with a digitalisation expert to sup-port you in identifying the proper technologies to help make the the majority of any considerable sustainability investment.

Integrating renewable energy sources

a destination is had by

Every journey and for businesses working towards sustainability, that destination ought to be the integration of renewable energy independence and sources from the grid.

This might sound unachievable, but with data monitoring because the backbone of one’s sustainability strategy, it is possible completely. Working closely with somebody like ABB can support your facility in realising the true potential of generating on-site renewable power and on-site power storage.

To find out more on ABB AbilityT™ Energy and Asset Manager and how to get started your sustainability journey with data, click here .

1 Sustainability strategy 2030 – Sustainability – ABB Group (


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