IMPACT REPORT 2020
Impact Report 2020
Amsterdam – September 2021
In 2020, our activities have had a big impact on the climate. We avoided 2.071 tonnes of CO2 emission. That’s as much CO2 as 207 Dutch people use in a year. Or 714 return flights from Amsterdam to Bogota. In order to make an impact, we had to emit some CO2 as well: we needed the energy to run our servers, for example. Thankfully, the merits outweigh the drawbacks: the emissions we avoided are as much as 778 times the electricity usage of our office.
How do you avoid emissions?
We focus on three impact areas: grid infrastructure, real estate, and renewables. Across those verticals, we do work that has a direct impact and work that has an indirect impact.
The SECS (Spectral Energy Control System) controls large scale batteries, solar parks, and wind parks. The batteries are used to balance the electricity grid, using renewable energy. In doing so, the batteries replace traditional gas plants. Because we replace fossil fuels with sun and wind, we avoid emissions.
The SBP (Smart Building Platform) controls the building management systems of real estate by using data like weather forecasts and live sensor data. This allows us to make the HVAC systems run as efficiently as possible, saving electricity and gas.
The SCP (Smart Community Platform) integrates the data from smart grids in order to control, among others, batteries and heat pumps. It helps communities use solar energy more locally and avoids importing electricity from fossil fuels, saving emissions!
Our work also leads to an indirect reduction of emissions. It is harder to calculate this impact, but it is a vital part of reducing carbon emissions all the same.
The SECS system caps off solar and wind parks when the energy price goes negative. This helps improve the business case for renewable energy sources, which makes investing in these sources more profitable, leading to more sustainable energy projects and more renewable energy generation.
The SBP provides insight and benchmarking of the energy usage of commercial real estate, like offices. This helps portfolio managers understand which buildings are outliers in energy usage. Insights like these help organizations prioritize and speed up energy-saving decisions.
The consultancy team advises project developers technically and financially, so their energy-saving measures are combined with a positive business case, which will eventually lead to energy savings.
Photo: At the Schoonschip microgrid in Amsterdam we have reduced the electricity emissions by 25% by using locally produced electricity. That’s an estimated annual 20 tonnes of CO2 emissions avoided.
We want to expand our impact every year. We do that in part by scaling up: to more buildings, more communities, more clients, etc. And we improve our software so that our current clients will continue to save more and more. That way, our influence will spread further and further. In doing so, we contribute to the acceleration of the energy transition to a society that is 100% sustainable.
How did we calculate the avoided emissions?
The SECS platform’s savings were measured by multiplying the use of batteries for network balancing by the average emissions of gas plants.
The SBP savings were calculated by comparing the buildings’ usage after implementation of the SBP with historical data (from before SBP implementation). We corrected this math for the influence of the weather, the occupancy in the buildings, and other relevant factors. The avoided emissions were then measured by multiplying the saved heat, natural gas, and electricity with their associated emission factors.
The SCP savings were determined by multiplying the amount of extra directly consumed energy from the solar panels by the emission factor of the electricity grid.