2022 is shortly coming to an end…As we all know, this year has been particularly tumultuous marked by an unprecedented energy crisis, requiring a shift in our paradigm and making all of us reconsider our rapport with energy and energy management. As IEA’s 2022 World Energy Outlook report highlighted, “there remain huge uncertainties over how this energy crisis will evolve and for how long fossil fuel prices will remain elevated, and the risks of further energy disruption and geopolitical fragmentation are high”. It has therefore never been so urgent to embrace and invest in renewable energies.
If you are a frequent reader of our articles, you know the drill: every year we publish an article ranking the most-read articles by energy professionals. Curious about the 10 most popular pieces of 2022? Keep on reading!
10 must-read articles on Energy Management
Top 1. How to achieve Sustainability in your Buildings
Turning buildings into durable assets involves taking several steps. Good management and reduction of their energy consumption are one of them. Have you already analysed your consumption or even considered the use of renewable energy sources?
In the context of climate emergency, it is essential to know how to control the carbon emissions of your building portfolio. In this article, we give you some pointers to achieve energy efficiency and reduce the carbon footprint of your buildings in the long run.
Find out more about our tips in this article.
Top 2. Technology and IoT Devices used in the Banking Sector
The banking sector is one of the pioneers in the application of IoT technology throughout its branches and central offices. In the UK, there are almost 7,000 bank branches, of which a high percentage are transforming their model to more efficient and sustainable offices.
In this article, written by our Energy Manager, we address the following questions, among others:
- What exactly is the IoT technology applied to these types of buildings?
- What devices and sensors need to be installed to suit the specific characteristics of bank branches?
Click here to access the article.
Top 3. The Role of BIM in Facility Management and Energy Efficiency
The Building Information Modelling (BIM) methodology has spread rapidly and is increasingly applied in Europe. In this sense, its use in the UK has been a requirement throughout the public sector, since April 2016 already. Buildings designed and modelled with BIM allow for efficiency and visibility at every stage of the construction process.
In this article, discover how BIM works and how it can be useful to manage your facilities and achieve energy efficiency.
Top 4. 10 Essential Energy Management Tools for ESCOs in 2022
If you are an Energy Professional working in an Energy Service Company (ESCO), technology can be your ally to improve productivity and serve your clients better.
There are loads of tools and apps in the market to make your life easier. Such tools can help you compare data from several locations, predict which facilities are likely to have higher savings potential and calculate figures, such as carbon footprint. In this blog post, find more about the top 10 energy management tools for ESCOs.
Top 5. Trends in the Energy Sector Digitalisation
In a world where technology is omnipresent and consumers are increasingly sophisticated, companies need to be inventive to distinguish themselves from their competitors, and the Energy Sector is no exception.
Energy efficiency and carbon footprint have become topics of concern for most consumers. In this sense, they expect companies to be more transparent, the information to be at their fingertips and the options available to be wide.
In this article, written in collaboration with ActiveCo Technology Management, we review this year’s top technology trends, opportunities and challenges including cybersecurity, IoT and customer service.
Click here to discover them.
Top 6. 5 Ways to Reduce Energy Costs in Manufacturing
Over the past few years, you may have made changes to your maintenance plan to take advantage of computerised management systems such as a CMMS, or other software to help automate alerts and processes.
However, you may also have discovered issues and have decided to refine your processes. In this article, we take a closer look at the common mistakes a facility management team can make when implementing a Predictive Maintenance Plan.
To discover the 6️ mistakes you should avoid to make your plans run successfully, click here.
Top 7. The role of Energy Management in Sustainable Building Certifications
Sustainable design and construction certificates enhance the reputation and quality of the buildings awarded, and this is also the case for the developers, real estate agencies and other companies involved.
When assessing whether or not a building deserves certification, a series of different criteria are evaluated, ranging from the materials used, the well-being of the end user, the origin of the energy used to the efficient utilisation of resources.
The most well-known certifications are BREEAM, LEED and WELL. All of them have similar aspects, but with particularities depending on the importance they give to well-being, quality or energy performance.
Find out about the energy requirements of each certification here.
Top 8. 3 Main Difficulties and Challenges for Energy Services Companies 2021
In December 2021, we held The State of Energy Management Survey essentially targeted at ESCOs.
The survey shows that respondents’ main challenges in 2021 were:
- Maintain verified savings
- Demonstrating Return On Investment (ROI) in energy efficiency projects
- Securing budgets for future projects
In this article, find out more about these challenges and their order of priority in 2022… You will also learn how Energy Management Software can help tackle them.
Top 9. Industry 4.0: Smart and Sustainable Factories
Smart factories integrate digitalisation, automated processes and internal data tracking to improve their productivity, efficiency and sustainability.
Energy efficiency is crucial to lowering the consumption and cost of industrial plants. Did you know you can turn your conventional factory into a smart building quite easily? To do so, you will need to follow a number of steps and by implementing various technologies.
Click here to discover the first steps to do so.
Top 10. Have Banks Become the new Energy Service Companies
Banks are carving out a niche in the energy sector by establishing strategic alliances with service companies and utilities.
The boom in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects makes it necessary for financing to be available. The banking sector in the UK has not fallen behind in offering specific services to its customers as we illustrate in the article.
Find out how banks contribute to energy efficiency projects and the main agreements between banks and energy companies.
How did you like the content of this article? Had you already read any of the articles mentioned above?