Energy Efficiency & Buildings

Published May 7, 2020

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It is widely known that energy efficiency is one of European Union’s priorities. In 2012, the EU took measures in order to reduce energy consumption by 20%[1] by 2020. An official statement about the achievement of this target has not been found out yet by bcheck, we will track any further information about it and communicate it to our blog readers as soon as possible. Now that we are in 2020, EU targets to reduce it by 40% by 2030! Besides, it targets an improvement of, at least, 32.5% in energy efficiency. Energy efficiency is defined as the most cost-effective as well as rational way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, working on energy efficiency is also a good way to fight against global warming, as we do at bcheck.

The idea of energy efficiency is also consuming less while keeping the same comfort, it is an objective that we can strive for in many areas such as in energy management, buildings, production of goods, consumption modes, improvement of equipment, transports, public lighting…

Focus on energy consumption & buildings

According to the European Union, buildings are one of the biggest energy consumers in the region. They are reported to consume 40% of the total final energy consumption and reject 36% of CO2. This is why it is urgent to optimise energy consumption of our buildings as they have a major impact on climate change.

Even if final energy consumption already lowered by 5.7% between 2005 and 2017, the European Union must continue to reduce its energy consumption to reach its goals (cfr. The European Green Deal, energy efficiency topics). Nowadays, mandatory energy audits for companies, required by governments, analyse the energy flows and allow to identify opportunities to reduce energy expenses and carbon footprint. In brief, energy audits help to see the whole picture of companies’ energy use. This is also suitable for households.

Regarding heating, we know that space heating is the most important end-use in the residential sector as it consumes up to about 68%, which is quite a significant number. Therefore, optimising heating systems would allow great energy savings. In France, for instance, more than 40% of energy savings in 2010 was made thanks to energy efficient heating systems[2]. Did you know that with bcheck’s smart monitoring solution, you don’t need to buy a new  heating system to become efficient, as it is possible to make existing small or large individual or collective installations more efficient in only a few days.

We can see that over the years heating has been keeping a high percentage of energy consumption regarding the total final energy consumption of EU’s countries, it is now time to take actions! As a starting point towards a sustainable heating and the decrease of carbon emissions, keep in mind that bcheck can help you to identify which boilers you need to change or how to make it more efficient 😊

 

 

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Source:

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Luminus website, Améliorer l’efficacité énergétique de votre entreprise pour gagner en compétivité, Transition énergétique, Lumiworld business, online: https://luminus-business-blog.be/fr/2017/07/efficacite-energetique-pour-gagner-en-competitivite/?utm_source=linkedin&utm_medium=social, last retrieved 27.04.20 at 13 p.m.

EDF France, Entreprises, et si vous renforciez votre efficacité énergétique ?, EDF+, online: https://www.edf.fr/edf/accueil-magazine/entreprises-et-si-vous-renforciez-votre-efficacite-energetique, last retrieved 27.04.20 at 14 p.m.

European Environment Agency, Final energy consumption by sector and fuel in Europe, Indicators, online: https://www.eea.europa.eu/data-and-maps/indicators/final-energy-consumption-by-sector-10/assessment, last retrieved 28.04.20 at 4 p.m.

European Commission, Energy Use in Buildings, Energy, online: https://ec.europa.eu/energy/eu-buildings-factsheets-topics-tree/energy-use-buildings_en, last retrieved 04.05.20 at 3 p.m.

[1] From 1990 levels (online: https://ec.europa.eu/clima/policies/strategies/2030_en, last retrieved May 4, 2020 at 3 p.m.)[2] Connaissance des énergies, Efficacité énergétique et bâtiments. (online: https://www.connaissancedesenergies.org/fiche-pedagogique/efficacite-energetique-et-batiments, accessed April 24, 2020 at 3 p.m.)