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Energy efficiency - the fastest response to the energy crisis

Energy efficiency - the fastest response to the energy crisis
The world is changing faster than we can predict. Political conditions make it necessary to focus on an issue we can no longer postpone – reducing our energy demand thе fastest way possible.  And if we want to really make an impact, it’s every individual’s responsibility to act.
Energy efficiency is becoming an increasingly important part of our day-to-day lives. Whether it's turning the lights off when we leave a room or upgrading to energy-efficient appliances, there are plenty of ways to do our part. No longer just a trend, energy efficiency is actually one of the most effective ways that we can combat the energy crisis. And if you think about it, saving money on your electric bill is just an added bonus!
Energy management and control is a multifaceted, complex issue. Energy conservation can be achieved in many ways. The most effective way of conserving energy is to use a smart device to manage your heating appliances and systems.
Using this method, you can set the thermostat on your heating system so that it turns off when no one is home. Reducing heating demand in homes trough energy efficiency is crucial for all of us, households account for 46 per cent of Europe’s fossil gas use, and have significant reduction potential.  
The summer just started, but the next heating season is just several months away, and nobody expects that the crisis will end by thеn. Using intelligent management of the heating systems in  residential or public buildings is what will make the big difference.  Using a smart radiator thermostats (like MClimate’s Vicki) allows the building management or residents to control in which hours of the day heating is needed, to set comfortable temperature, so empty spaces are not heated and this will reduce more than 30% of energy used. Imagine that multiplied by a whole city of buildings.
This is a real problem that threatens our future. It's important to remember, however, that there are solutions out there. Energy efficiency is one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce our energy demand and help solve this problem.
Energy efficiency is a key part of the solution to the energy crisis — it's also a win-win for consumers, businesses and the environment!
 
The energy crisis can be solved, but it takes action. It takes commitment on the part of governments, businesses and individuals. If we collectively do our part to be more efficient and take steps to conserve, we can make a measurable difference.
 

Why we urgently need decarbonization?

Why we urgently need decarbonization?
When we talk about global warming and climate change, the conversation usually revolves around how to lower carbon dioxide emissions and prevent the Earth’s temperature from rising. Loss of ice sheets in the polar regions, changes in extreme weather, rising sea levels. Global warming is already affecting our planet and we need to reduce carbon dioxide emissions today. But what is decarbonization?
Decarbonisation (also referred to as decarbonization) refers to the process of reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions resulting from human activity in the atmosphere. The current (and optimistic) objective of decarbonisation is to, eventually, eliminate our carbon dioxide emissions. To achieve deep decarbonisation, we need to rethink how we produce and consume energy and operate a radical switch to renewables and low carbon energy sources. Decarbonisation is not a new concept. The term was first used in a speech by French President Emmanuel Macron at the One Planet Summit in 2018. Since then, it has become a buzzword for many governments around the world, who have been considering how they can reduce their carbon footrpint.
Why is decarbonization so urgent? The Paris Agreement is the first global treaty to commit all countries to combat climate change. It aims to keep global warming below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels, and preferably below 1.5 °C. To give a bit of context, the last time the global average temperature was 2 °C warmer, the average sea level was over 6 meters higher than today. With a 3 °C increase, cities like Miami, Shanghai, Osaka or Rio de Janeiro would sink underwater. Additionally, a total of 275 million people worldwide would need to relocate and escape the flood.
While the situations does not look very optimistic, we still have a chance to limit the global warming to 2C, or maybe even lower by 2100 with the so called Deep decarbonization. And how do we get there? The road to decarbonisation implies that industries and each of us as individuals revamp the way use energy. Of course, we cannot drop the old ways of consuming energy overnight. But the emergency of the situation mandates that we drastically accelerate our zero carbon emission transition.
Here aresome concrete steps that can contribute to decarbonization:
1) Ask yourself: “Is there a better way to do this?” A question that is always worth asking whenever something needs doing. From cooking dinner to buying a car or planning a vacation trip.
2) Replace your existing appliances with new ones that use less energy when they operate, or have no emissions during their lifetime.
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MClimate equips a hall at FEBA, Sofia University with smart devices for energy efficiency and CO2 levels monitoring

MClimate equips a hall at FEBA, Sofia University with smart devices for energy efficiency and CO2 levels monitoring

The Faculty of Economics and Business Administration (FEBA) at Sofia University has incorporated smart devices that monitor air quality and optimize the energy efficiency in a lecture hall, which is part of the university's strategy for decarbonisation and improving the conditions for students. The devices are donation by MClimate.
MClimate creates a complex solution, which allows measuring and monitoring of several parameters relevant to the quality of the indoor environment, including CO2 level, relative humidity and temperature. The system also incorporates dynamic control of systems for heating, automatically adapting to changes in air temperature. At the same time, it provides comfort for students with individual control.


This is one of the first steps of FEBA towards decarbonization after the adoption of the University’s SDG Strategy and Climate Plan, in line with EU directives on climate change and energy performance.
The products, manufactured by MClimate, monitor air quality and heating consumption 24/7 in real-time and allow the central heating system to be optimized. The installation of the units is part of the Faculty’s efforts to achieve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.
“Sofia University is committed to decarbonisation and reducing its carbon footprint, and FEBA has started many sustainable initiatives in the past years. At FEBA, we develop new MA programs, research, partnership with businesses and many public initiatives, which correspond to the SDGs and to the EU Green Deal. Also, together with innovative companies such as MClimate, we improve the work and study environment in our building” said FEBA’s Dean Assoc. Prof. Atanas Georgiev. 
The project team has installed smart devices that will measure CO2 levels, and smart radiator thermostats. Those thermostats provide the most accurate temperature reports to avoid unnecessary heating of empty rooms, which is the reason why they save up to 30% on heating bills. The CO2 sensors will help identify when ventilation would be needed, based on real-time data analysis. The devices are connected to an intelligent system with an easy-to-use user interface - an app within the university facility management system.

CO2 monitoring leads to savings because it allows an optimization of energy consumption.

You might be asking yourself, "How do CO2 levels and energy consumption relate?" The answer is that they are inversely related. CO2 monitoring allows you to see what’s the air quality in a space or room. If there is too much CO2 in the air, then that means there is not enough fresh air being circulated in the room. In order to improve the quality of the air, more fresh air needs to be circulated throughout the room. Circulating more fresh air into a space requires more energy which results in higher energy costs for owners of buildings. This upward trend can be avoided by using smart devices to detect how much CO2 there is currently in the room and regulating how much ventilation occurs based on this data. This will prevent over-ventilation from occurring and reduce wasted energy, saving money on bills and helping reduce carbon emissions.

MClimate is committed to supporting the university by helping them achieve energy savings. As part of Sofia University’s sustainability strategy, the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration was looking for a way to cut its energy costs, reduce its carbon footprint and become more sustainable. By installing those devices MClimate is helping the Faculty to get one step closer to their sustainability and ESG compliance goals.