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With energy being one of the four major contributors to greenhouse gas emissions, it is critical that together we play our part in reducing the demand for energy to enable a transition to net zero.

Whether you are at the beginning of this journey or have already started to partially plan, the public sector is urged to lead by example and play a significant role in approaching decarbonisation. Whilst this may seem a little daunting, by putting the foundations in place to monitor energy usage and through implementing carbon initiatives, we can undertake the challenge of setting a plan in place for the next 30 years. 

From insights and learnings of working closely with our customers and partners, we have learnt that although their approach may vary, what remains nearly consistent are the steps which are followed to plan out their carbon net zero initiatives. We would like to share these insights with you to help you plan out your own journey.

Step 1 – It starts with data

It might seem obvious but the starting point is to make sure you have all the right data. 

When it comes to Power & Gas consumption, you may believe that all your sites are smart metered (HH) but that does not mean you have good quality data (98-99% complete for all your sites). 

In our experience, not only do you need good exception reports, automated exception management and easy ways to store and see the data, you also need a good relationship with your providers, and know who to call to work through missing data. 

Don’t be daunted. With all providers now looking to support their customers on their net zero journey, this step can be easily managed. So with some good technology tools and proactive management, you’ll find your data sets in much better shape in no time at all. 

The goal is to get them to 99% complete, so you have a firm foundation to build on. Once complete, you can then move onto Step 2…

Step 2 – Make the data meaningful

Once you have the data, it is time to start making it meaningful. This may vary depending on your business however the goal is to analyse the data in a way that makes sense to your business.

A school uses energy differently to a restaurant, or a manufacturer so it is important to group similar sites together and add additional key facts about that data (e.g open/close times, square feet/meters). These additional dimensions of data help you contrast and compare sites. 

This will allow you to understand the data in a meaningful way, which allows you to move to step 3…

Step 3 – Spot the outliers, and benchmark

Once you have good quality data which has a meaningful overlay, you can now begin to spot the best performing and “could be better sites” within your portfolio.

You can also start to understand the benefit of moving outliers back to the norm, and what carbon savings your company could derive from any initiatives you start in Step 4.

It is worth considering not all outliers are real. For instance, a school that uses more energy after it has closed may have an after school club providing valid reasons why the data could be different. This has to be combined with insights from the sites which help you understand the data. This provides a great opportunity to speak with on-site teams, and colleagues which help set you up for Step 4…

Step 4 – Engage the company with carbon initiatives

Whilst the climate movement has been ongoing for many years, it is only in recent times it has been hitting headlines. And since the start of the pandemic, it has hit home just how fragile our systems are and how important it is to take care of our planet. The good news is you have a lot of listening ears and people willing to help!

The topic of behaviour change and change programs is an important factor to consider as part of your carbon net zero initiative. The carbon and climate stakeholders include everyone from the CFO/CEO who wishes to know about the strategic initiatives you are implementing, to the person on the shop floor who wants to know how they can play their part in carbon reduction. 

The trick is to identify these change agents, promote their work (and your companies achievements and goals), and empower your teams to easily share information with their colleagues. We might be biased, but a cloud platform with unlimited users and energy information that can be displayed at different levels (carbon, consumption and cost) really helps here!

Step 5 – Plan for the future

Now that the whole machinery of the organisation is consistently working on reducing your carbon impact, you can start to turn your attention to those strategic initiatives, like PPAs, electric vehicle charging, on-site generation. These initiatives are longer term, requiring a forward looking view and understanding of consumption, carbon and costs for the longer term.

Completing steps 1-4 will collate all of this information together and put you in a position where you can start to plan out what your internal initiatives can achieve (energy efficiency, waste reduction), and where you can look for larger opportunities like adding PPAs into your portfolio, on-site generation as well as electric vehicles.

We hope that by working through these 5 steps along with the right technology to support these initiatives, you can enable a smooth transition towards a carbon net zero future.

 

Should you wish to find out further information about the Utilidex Utilities framework available through YPO, please get in touch with the team!

 

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