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How data can power your net zero journey

Good quality data is essential for any business on the path to net zero and by utilising its power, your business can benefit from reducing costs and consumption. But how can you harness your business’ data to make improvements to its energy efficiency?

Data’s role in energy management

Data is vital for monitoring, analysing, and managing your business’ energy. By tracking your consumption you can make meaningful and insightful decisions to reduce your usage.

There are several areas that data can help with your energy strategy and efficiency including:

  • Energy consumption
  • Carbon emissions
  • Energy reduction
  • Energy savings
  • ESG
  • Net zero
  • Energy management
  • Compliance
  • Regulation

Reaching net zero by 2050 is a top priority for the UK, with many businesses and public sector organisations facing increased pressure to decarbonise faster. Therefore, data is vital for reducing energy costs, consumption, and carbon to reach net zero.

How your business can use data to better manage its energy

Many businesses often struggle with aspects of their energy data from, collecting it, to managing and analysing it and using it for compliance, regulation and more. The first step is to ensure that you can collect all the necessary data from across your assets or over a portfolio.

Automatic Meter Reads (AMR) collecting Half-Hourly (HH) data is the most common way to ensure you have a consistent stream of energy data being fed into your Energy Management System (EMS). Accurate data readings are the foundation for a strong energy strategy and allow you to make informed decisions moving forward.

Now your data can begin working better for you.

Identify any energy efficiency opportunities

The half-hourly (HH) data can also help you determine and prioritise long-term capital investments to help upgrade machinery or equipment, it will also provide validation of the results from the changes implemented.

Embracing half-hourly data can add significant value and understanding of your out of hours consumption profiles and provide an indication if any equipment is operating unnecessarily. This also allows you the opportunity to compare similar assets and any differences in their consumption profiles.

Over time, the collection of this HH data may show as an indicator of failing equipment or poor user behaviour. Smart Spaces can help your business to manage your portfolio’s exceptions for you, allowing you to focus on delivering capex projects and more.

Invest in on-site generation

By generating your own power you reduce the risk of ever changing volatile energy markets and the impact they have on your energy costs.

Reduce carbon emissions

The more you can reduce your energy consumption from lighting, heating, cooling, and running equipment, the less carbon emissions your business will produce. If you’re working on any compliance reporting, such as ESOS (Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme) or SECR (Streamlined Energy & Carbon Reporting), data will be at the centre of your activities.

How does this help your business’ net zero journey?

Actively working to reduce your business’ energy consumption and switch to cleaner energy sources all make an impact on your Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. And whilst data is at the centre of this, you need a solid Energy Management System (EMS) to empower the data to make real change.

Implementing an EMS with expert support

We can provide support for all aspects of the software, from the initial set-up & data migration, through to tailored training and workflow analysis, to ensure you have an optimal Energy Management system in a short amount of time.

Learn more about how our Energy Management Software can help you to reach net zero and get in touch with our experts today at sales@systems-link.com.


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