Decarbonisation: The pathway to net zero

Navigating your route to optimised energy efficiency and performance

The energy system is changing rapidly, but the changes need to go further and faster.

The decarbonisation challenge has set about systemic transformation across all industries. This unprecedented transition to net zero is significantly impacting businesses large and small – selecting your route and navigating your way through is no mean feat.

In June 2019, British Parliaments made a historic commitment to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 for England and Wales, whilst Scotland legislated a target of 2045. This was as a direct consequence of a climate emergency, and a recommendation that the net-zero target was necessary, feasible and cost effective – endorsed by the Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC). 

This landmark step has put energy consumption and carbon emissions high on the priority list for us all.

In addition, many businesses may also be eligible for policy-related deductions, such as reduced Climate Change Levy (CCL) fees, if it can demonstrate a green carbon neutral policy or is committed to working towards using energy more efficiently.

New standards are having an impact

To help achieve this goal organisations have started to provide various frameworks to help businesses drive towards a common goal and standards:

  • ISO 50001: this ISO standard provides a practical way to improve energy use,
  • LEED 4.1: the next generation standard for green building design, construction, operations and performance

For businesses this has created challenges in understanding their energy consumption, managing it effectively across operations and perhaps more importantly creating an action plan to help reduce consumption; all while not impacting the growth of the business.

Source, UKGBC

Challenges to Decarbonisation

Achieving decarbonisation is a challenge, and there are a number of enabling and disruptive factors that will shape your path selection; policy, resources, disruptive events, technologies, stakeholder expectation – and the list can be expanded.

Determining transition pathways

There is no one size fits all approach, many government and international bodies have researched the various scenarios, impact and effect of decarbonisation for many industries.

Monitoring trends, assessing energy use and emissions provides context and relevance across industries. And its these benchmarks and empirical evidence that will help you to best shape and select the pathway to achieving your own goals.

Optimising energy performance and efficiency

“Whether cost, decarbonisation, digitalisation, data or compliance is the driver, we can help derive greater value from your energy performance to deliver commercial advantage.”

Key Drivers

Of Decision makers
0%

Say energy costs are a threat to business.

"Energy efficiency and energy policy is a priority for businesses only when there are specific targets to be met, or when commercial pressures oblige them to look for economies and efficiencies in their overall running costs."
0 %

Of survey respondents believed their organisation will be more committed to sustainability in the coming years than has previously been achieved.

Annual rise in gas and electricity costs as a %

Do you expect your business to be placing a focused effort on any of the following areas of energy and sustainability?

Energy efficiency & carbon reduction
45%
Smart technology & innovation
36%
Waste management & resource efficiency
36%
Renewable energy
35%
Single use plastics
30%
Green Vehicles
27%
"Saving energy is one of the simplest ways to increase profits. A 20pc cut in energy costs represents the same bottom line benefit as a 5pc increase in sales."
Of companies
0%

Spend more than £250,000 a year on energy.

Sources, EDIE Sustainability Survey, The Telegraph, YouGov & The Daily Telegraph

Developing your decarbonisation pathway?

So how does this help?

Why?

Increasingly Decarbonisation is becoming a board level topic of discussion. This is largely being led by  government initiatives however enhancing reputation, cost savings and energy management are additional benefits. Our structured consultative approach delivers a clear roadmap for establishing and delivering strategic Energy Management projects – from exploration, envisioning and design

How?

A robust decarbonisation plan supported by an EMS tool for example will provide businesses with real-time visibility of their energy management, enabling measurable API’s, process development and analytics. All of these will drive costs savings, regulatory compliance and perhaps more importantly substantiated and measurable business transformation.

We can help

Capula’s EMS proposition provides C-Suite level tools and reporting to monitor all aspects of a companies energy usage, informing decsions and monitor impact of a companies decarbonisation strategy.

  • Tailorable to a companies specific needs and operation, Capula EMS is one of the most flexible on the market.

Find out more about Capula EMS here.

Source, The Telegraph

Why?

The responsibility for implementing a decarbonisation strategy will often fall to a company’s facilities team. They will consider the practicality of implementing solutions and review the most effective market options to support day management of the company’s strategy.

How?

They will need to consider the company’s existing energy infrastructure and how they can monitor and track performance of changes to the company’s way of working.

  • Is there an existing BMS?
  • What existing meters are there, and do they need to supplement these?
  • What are the labour and equipment costs associated?

We can help

Offering a wide array of feature rich, tailorable features coupled with a hardware agnostic, opensource platform, Capula’s EMS solution is one of the most flexible and cost-effective solutions on the market

  • Tailorable to a companies specific needs and operation, Capula EMS is one of the most flexible on the market.

Why?

Responsible for the day to day business delivery and improvement, the operations team will want to understand how information can be used to drive business efficiency and continuity.

How?

A successful decarbonisation strategy will aid these goals, not hinder them. The challenge is how you put the right information in front of the right people at the right time.

  • Is there an existing BMS?
  • What existing meters are there, and do they need to supplement these?
  • What are the labour and equipment costs associated?

We can help

Capula’s EMS platform enables previously siloed (or absent) energy data to be centralised and visualised based on specific use cases.

  • By interfacing with existing control equipment, data historians as well as supplementing these with an extensive choice of submetering options data is easily collated in a future proof IOT platform.
  • Easily extended with feature services such as AR, automated control, analytical tools and AI allowing businesses to embrace Industry 4.0, delivering long term a sustainable business improvement.
  • Tailorable to a companies specific needs and operation, Capula EMS is one of the most flexible on the market.

Key Benefits

Economic

Monitoring, managing and controlling a company’s carbon footprint can materialise financial benefits. Whether this be by reducing energy cost, taking advantage of funding mechanisms, trading surplus energy or by improving the efficiency of operations; there are potential savings available by adopting a decarbonisation strategy.

Reputation

With increasing public interest in the impact of energy usage and production on the environment and community, adopting and publicising an organisations decarbonisation culture can deliver reputational benefits. Providing opportunities for PR, enhancing employee satisfaction and supply chain relationships, embracing the pathway to net-zero can positively augment a company brand.

Sustainability

By adopting a decarbonisation strategy companies are also able to review their energy sources and consumption. By diversifying the supply and utilisation of energy, companies can adapt to changes in the energy market and reduce the reliance on any single energy source – ultimately achieving more sustainable operations at reduced risk.

Insight

Knowledge is power; by adopting a decarbonisation strategy, it will build awareness and visibility of a company’s energy usage that will be monitored and tracked on a regular if not real-time basis. This will enable companies to benchmark comparable operations, derive insights and enable informed strategic decisions that can help transform business operations.

Innovation

A well thought through decarbonisation strategy (coinciding with other key business strategies) demonstrates leadership and commitment, generating wider business awareness, strengthening the brand message and helping to drive economic and efficiency benefits.

Our Solutions

End to end, from inception to delivery, we have a proven track record of working collaboratively to deliver solutions that transform and support our customers on the decarbonisation pathway.

Strategy and Solutions Roadmap

Whilst the drivers for developing an Energy Management Strategy may be clear, the roadmap for delivery and associated technologies may be difficult to define and articulate as part of a business case.

Our structured consultative approach delivers a clear roadmap for establishing and delivering strategic Energy Management projects – from exploration, envisioning and design

Energy Management System

Energy Management Systems (EMS) are rapidly becoming essential components of an energy management strategy, delivering greater visibility of energy consumption and providing reporting capabilities to track usage patterns and optimise decision making.

Our EMS solution helps monitor and connect distributed energy assets and systems to help deliver sustainable efficiency and performance gains.

Demand Side Response

Demand Side Response (DSR) can also be referred to as Demand Side Management and Flexibility Services. DSR provides access to new forms of revenues in supporting the grid to balance supply and demand through the use of your energy flexibility.

National Grid and Distribution Network Operators provide financial incentives for customers to be more flexible with their energy use; which means having the ability to shift demand, lower consumption and for those with renewable energy connections, change the times and loads that these export.

EDF Powershift is our innovative energy flexibility platform that enables customers to get themselves DSR enabled.  

 

Microgrid

The shape of energy distribution systems is changing. Today, there are multiple distributed points of variable energy load, such as wind and solar, connected to our electricity networks and these are set to significantly increase as we all embrace low carbon technologies. Our future energy system will be one which enables the exchange of energy, data and consumer flexibility however the underlying function won’t change in its need to balance supply and demand on a second by second basis, ensuring our lights don’t go out. The good news for network operators is that the technology needed to control and automate such things as microgrids, a key enabler to a more secure, flexible and decentralised energy system, are now becoming more accessible.

Capula as a leading systems integrator in the UK’s energy sector, have the technology solutions to implement control and automation systems for microgrids. Our technologies start with energy monitoring and visualisation systems and extend to automation of the most demanding networks. By integrating distributed energy resources we are able to optimise distribution systems and through the implementation of microgrid technologies help customers to digitise, decentralise and decarbonise their assets.