Energy retrofit & decarbonization

Case Study

#MoveTheDate

21
Days

Existing off-the-shelf, commercial technologies for buildings, industrial processes, and electricity production could move Overshoot Day at least 21 days, without any loss in productivity or comfort, according to an analysis by researchers from Global Footprint Network and Schneider Electric.

What is the solution?

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In Europe, buildings account for about 40% of total energy consumption and are responsible for just under 40% of total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Technology designed to improve energy efficiency can move the date of Earth Overshoot Day considerably, without any loss in comfort.

Installing active energy efficiency systems in five different building types, for example, resulted in energy savings ranging from 22% in an apartment building built in 2010 in Vaux-sur-Seine near Paris, to 37% at a three-star hotel in Nice built in 1896, to 56% at a one-story primary school in Grenoble.

The improvements included addressing intermittent occupancy levels (such as putting controls on idle mode when hotel rooms are unoccupied); using CO2 sensors to better control temperature and air quality; optimizing heating by occupancy level; controlling ventilation with CO2 sensors; opening and closing blinds to leverage the sun for free natural light and heat, or to keep heat out.

Schneider Electric concluded that applying such active energy efficiency results to buildings across Europe would allow for a 40% reduction of the building sector’s total final energy consumption, amounting to a staggering 16% reduction of Europe’s overall energy bill.

There’s no benefit in waiting!

Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when humanity’s demand for ecological resources and services in a given year exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year. If we #MoveTheDate 5 days each year, humanity can move out of overshoot by 2050. Solutions exist that #MoveTheDate of Earth Overshoot Day. They’re creative, economically viable, and ready to deploy at scale.