Every company should strive for total energy efficiency. It is one of the many aspirations that will, in the end, pay dividends. Climate change, climate risk, and investment risks all converge; they are a problem for everyone regardless of which sector they belong to. Clean energy is the way of the future: the Department of Energy has committed to reaching net-zero carbon emissions by the proposed deadline of 2050. Whether or not that happens remains to be seen!
What is the Meaning of Net Zero?
First of all, let’s examine what the phrase “net zero” means in the context of building operations. At some point this year, the EPA intends to define what they see as “net-zero.” So what does that mean for building managers and company owners? Net-zero emissions are perhaps the most tangible measurement – because all of the emissions produced are then offset and removed from the atmosphere. Other associated concepts include net-zero energy, net-zero carbon, and being carbon positive as well.
What Goal Should Be the Target?
Determining a hard target in terms of net-zero decarbonization isn’t easy. It comes down to various factors, including the type of building, its size, and where it is located. While net-zero carbon is the ideal outcome projected for 2050, achieving Carbon Positive status would be even more beneficial.
All that said, what is the “goal” you should be looking to accomplish? The bare minimum, by today’s standards, is to fight global warming. By curbing global warming so that it falls within the range of two degrees Celsius (which is the climate change tipping point), we can envision a much more manageable result.
What Are Some Tips for Achieving Net Zero?
One way to achieve net-zero is to select a solution that works for you. What type of emission can be cut down in the name of decarbonization? Use that simple question to guide you as you consider different sustainability strategies in dealing with methane and refrigerants.
Who will benefit most from these desired outcomes? The energy use intensity (EUI) scale can help decrease commercial energy consumption.
One more thing – look for financial incentives to spur you on. Federal, state, and local initiatives exist, and they can all encourage you to keep going on the rocky road to optimal energy efficiency and use of renewable assets!
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