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How IOT can help lower your carbon footprint

At NEJAVI we get asked how we can help businesses reduce their carbon footprint using IT, as businesses look at ways to tackle the overall reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Keen to help combat climate change and to achieve a net-zero emissions energy business, where they don’t add to the total stock of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

What we have seen over the years has been a disconnect between digital innovation and sustainability, the former is driven by massive technological change with IoT & AI transforming how we can make things smarter, cleaner and greener. The latter takes into account climate and environmental deterioration, all of which demand a new approach that prioritizes resource conservation and environmental governance.

Today we see an advancement in IoT sensors and management SW either in network (BMS) or over the top with Wireless connectivity, bringing together both digital innovation and sustainability. Together they can help drive more energy-efficient practices, use resources more responsibly and organize processes in ways that reduce waste, hence the need for digital transformation.

How does IoT help with sustainability? We look at smart energy, water and waste.

The reality is that the energy you do not use is the cheapest, so switching things off, moving to more efficient products, managing the estate/buildings by making them smarter saves money and starts to lower your carbon footprint.

Today we see energy consumption in commercial properties accounting for more than 40% of energy usage. By utilizing data driven property operations either via the BMS or over the top of the network with sensors, you can control the building, how the HVAC and lighting is needed, preventing over/under heating or lights on 24x7. Facilities can become more efficient by managing the whole building performance, using intuitive dashboards to make it the most actionable and dynamic home base of your top metrics.

With water, we see by 2050 over 50% of the world’s population will be living in water stressed regions. We now need to find ways to reduce the amount of water wasted annually. By looking at IoT and smart water with connectivity from e-sim, satellite and WPLAN technologies, we can pull all this data together for analysis around pumps, values, flow and through the process of treatment or irrigation. Using the principles of the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud technology and machine learning we can help to uncover and utilize powerful data on water usage events in individual properties for the first time. These innovative solutions empower water companies and consumers to truly understand water usage, embed behavioral change, and ultimately improve the resilience of our water supply. Taking this even further by linking this data into BMS, we can enable automated responses like shutting off supply value or HVAC equipment.

IoT can help to employ smart technology to better manage waste. The environment and waste management is today one of the biggest global concerns. The world generates 2.01 billion tonnes of municipal solid waste annually, with at least 33% of it not managed in an environmentally safe manner.

Through the introduction of IoT technology, towns and communities can evolve their waste management, it can greatly optimize collection services and reduce operational costs to help transition waste management into data driven collection processes. Smart waste management solutions use sensors placed in waste receptacles to measure fill levels and to notify city collection services when bins are ready to be emptied. This data can be baselined to look at patterns through AI and to look at optimized driver routes and schedules, reducing operational costs.

In summary, IoT can pull and visualize data into a single pane of glass, to look at how cities and towns are working and adapting, making them smarter regarding waste, water, lighting and energy. Hooking into the buildings and plants via the management system to continue to focus on sustainability, driving a lower carbon footprint.

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