Cities are racing toward becoming climate neutral
Energy security and climate change are pushing cities around the world to become climate neutral. Especially after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, governments and politicians are urging for a change in the way we consume energy on a larger scale.
With the geopolitical energy crisis, world leaders are working on how to secure the energy supply chain and reduce the threat from hostile countries. At the same time, governments have agreed to ambitious goals for climate neutral-cities.
IEA’s new energy report brings new insights toward climate neutrality
The IEA report from June 2022, “The value of urgent action on energy efficiency”, underscores the vital role of energy efficiency and energy saving in meeting today’s crises by immediately addressing the crippling impacts of the spike in energy prices, strengthening energy security and tackling climate change.
With the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine and the important change of energy supply lines to European countries, IEA is urging for more focus on energy efficiency, as the Danish Minister of Climate, Energy and Utilities, Dan Jørgensen stated in the Press Release report: “By increasing our energy efficiency, we can reduce our dependence of Russian oil and gas completely and move closer to achieving climate neutrality.”
Next, we will take a closer look at some of the possibilities IEA recommends.
Double the energy intensity improvement rate to 4%
To reach net-zero by 2050, we need to double the energy intensity improvement rate to 4%. This will help avoid an extra 5 Gt of emissions per year by 2030 compared with a scenario with no extra major push by policymakers.
Energy efficiency can provide ⅓ of emission reductions by 2050
If we succeed in increasing the energy intensity improvement rate from 2% to 4% the overall emission reductions in 2050 will be around one-third whereas the rest will be depending on other renewable energy and other mitigation measures.
The building sector is one of the greatest short-term potentials
In the Net Zero Scenario (NZS), energy consumption in buildings falls by over 20% between 2020 and 2030. This is due to a combination of measures including replacing fossil fuel boilers with electric heat pumps and a major effort to replace the traditional use of solid biomass with more efficient and cleaner alternatives.
Efficiency measures in the NZS pay for themselves
The IEA refers to energy efficiency as the “first fuel”. That is because the cleanest, cheapest and most reliable source of energy is what countries can avoid using while still providing full energy services for citizens. By focusing on energy savings most of the efficiency measures in the NZS will pay for themselves, especially at today’s energy prices.
Ento Labs’ artificial intelligence is at the forefront of energy efficiency
“Without early action on efficiency the energy transition to net-zero emissions will be more expensive and much more difficult to achieve”, states the IEA in the recent report. This emphasizes why Ento Labs’ artificial intelligence software has an important role to play at the forefront of energy efficiency work.
Today’s energy optimization process for public and commercial buildings is too slow and ineffective. It usually takes months to inspect buildings or install sensors and collect data. When you have the data you’ll typically use a lot of time analyzing the data and inspecting your building efficiency and you have a hard time measuring the outcome of your energy efficiency work.
Ento makes the process a lot faster, easier and documentable
With Ento, you get a virtual assistant that knows your building through its data and helps you analyze where the potential is most significant and to get your efforts documented.