The Future is Bright. Let’s invent the New Electric World

Electric Energy Staff Journalist

JAN 23. 2020

We live in an era where there is much greater certainty than in the past. Climate change and its impacts on human lives are not questions any more. We must tackle climate change in the next 20 years. To limit global warming to below 2°C, CO2 emissions need to be divided by 2 by 2040. How can this be achieved? We now have started to have answers. The core of the issue today is the large amount of CO2 emissions which keeps accumulating in the atmosphere. 85% of emissions are related to energy. If we want to meet the challenge of CO2 emissions, we then need to invent a new electric world. We believe that electric and digital are the recipe for success. Indeed, electricity is the most efficient energy and digitization can help unlock great opportunities for achieving additional efficiency gains by connecting and controlling demand.

 

The New Electric World is already here!

 

An example of this new electric world is Lidl Finland’s resilient and connected logistics center. Their carbon-neutral building runs exclusively on renewable energy and its building management system helps optimize energy usage to minimize emissions. It was achieved by combining Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure Building Operation with Microgrid Adviser. With this solution, it is the first building in Finland to combine heating and cooling systems so the excess heat from the cooling can be stored and used when the weather gets colder.

 

Lidl estimates the energy cost savings have exceeded 70%, and the building is also helping reduce the CO2 emissions of a nearby power station. The Lidl Finland story is not an isolated case. Still, there are so much more possibilities out there. Come and join us in our collective journey to Invent the New Electric World.