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Every energy-intensive ecosystem within a company, a building or an entire industrial complex requires attention in limiting losses, streamline processes and rationalise the use of materials, in line with environmental sustainability criteria. The benefits are tangible: substantial savings, reduced environmental impact, increased competitiveness and improved branding.
Stop CO2 organises and manages funding schemes for energy efficiency retrofits, through the "ESCo." model, allowing implementation at zero initial cost and paying back the investment through the energy bill, kept constant until project completion.
Therefore, the client can invest further, to comply environmental certifications, as well as in marketing campaigns and communication, in order to strengthen the added value of the intervention.
Producing heat from the Sun means lowering the energy bills for heating, which is generally managed with inefficient and polluting generators. Even just for domestic hot water, a minimal investment can lead to big savings in electricity /gas bills, with a short payback period. Furthermore, through Solar Cooling, solar collectors can be used for air conditioning/dehumidification, lowering the HVAC bill.
Producing electricity from the Sun lowers electricity bills for up to 35 years (average lifetime of a system), becoming independent from the rising cost of energy. In addition, it drastically reduces the amount of greenhouse gas emissions. The installation of a PV system is generally not invasive and does not require interruption of operations within the building. The coupling with an energy storage system allows full exploitation of the PV production.
The generator is the heart of heating and air conditioning systems. The optimal technological choice must meet the criteria of environmental sustainability, safety, reliability and capacity, as well as evaluate the best energy source for each project. Stop CO2 fosters renewable energy systems such as aero-thermal and geo-thermal heat pumps or biomass high efficiency generators.
Lighting is an extremely important element in a building. Several factors contribute to Stop CO2’s lighting design: levels of security, luminance required for the proper conduct of operations, interaction with direct and diffuse sunlight components. All these contribuite to the choice of the optimal energy-efficient and highly reliable lighting system. Latest generation sensors and remote control systems enable further energy savings.
For the past few years, energy demand peak due to summer air conditioning has exceeded the one required for winter heating in many countries in Central and Southern Europe. Modern technologies allow, with careful planning, savings up to 60% on the cost of cooling with high-efficiency technologies and up to 45% on new generation heating systems. Where necessary, existing distribution networks can be retrofitted to improve energy performance.
Ventilation and Air Treatment
Within commercial, public and industrial premises it is essential to keep air treated and spaces ventilated. Stop CO2 addresses the issue with heat recovery solutions to achieve maximum energy efficiency, high reliability and low operational costs.
Often, the enormous potential of the most competitive renewable energy source on the planet goes unnoticed. A system of size mini (5-200 kWp) is easily accomplished, without taking up floor space and producing revenues at rates well above 8% in 15 years. The project goes through a productivity analysis of the site, with appropriate anemometer measurements and custom simulations.
Through an Energy Audit, Stop CO2 is able to evaluate interventions to bring insulation levels for thermal and acoustic insulation well above recent standard levels. We make sure, where possible, to use low embodied energy bio-materials. The simulations are performed with specific software for static and dynamic heat loss modelling. This results in a saving on air conditioning costs and a reduction of initial cost of retrofitted equipment, downsized due to higher energy conservation.
Bioclimatic Building Solutions
Both in case of new or refurbished buildings, an additional contribution to energy conservation of a structure can be provided by the design of active and passive green building solutions. Solar towers, solar walls and greenhouses, heat recovery ventilation and grey water recycling - even though phyto-purification - significantly reduce energy and resources demand, with very low costs.
CHP and Tri-generation
Renewable energy plants (biofuel, biogas, biomass) can help reduce the technical volume needed to perform the dual function of supplying electricity and heat for a complex. Through European incentive programs, combined heat & power system can also be profitable, selling the excess of production. Such plants may be accompanied by anaerobic digesters or composting plants for the retrieval of CO2 neutral fuel.
Remote Control Systems (ICT)
Home automation systems can contribute to a better system monitoring & control and, consequently, to a reduction in energy consumption and maintenance costs. Custom solutions for industrial plants, as well as smart lighting systems can improve safety of the workplace and assist warning systems. Remote monitoring, for example, allows logging of energy and emissions savings achieved in several customer sites worldwide, simply operating from a single center.
Each manufacturing plant is forced to the laws of thermodynamics. Current technologies allow reduction and recovery of energy losses, turning them into useful auxiliary energy sources. The heat of an industrial process can be recovered for space heating, as well as to assist other processes. A comprehensive and thorough analysis of internal processes can lead to an integrated use of systems, transforming the building into a coordinated and efficient complex, able to minimise losses and reduce its environmental impact.
Energy Audits and Certifications
A proper corporate spending review goes through the necessary accurate analysis of energy consumption and potential savings (energy audits, carbon footprint, etc.). Companies gain stakeholders engagement from a greater awareness of their ecological footprint. Big savings opportunities are achieved by companies compliant with energy certificates, better known as White Certificates, as well as from trading of carbon credits.
It is always important to assess the company’s water footprint. Water is an increasingly precious resource, thus increasingly expensive. The savings achieved by converting existing technology or simply rearranging logistics, can have a considerable weight in the corporate bill and direct reflection on water availability to the public.
Sustainable Waste Management
Structuring a correct waste management within a company, does not mean just optimising the collection, selection and recycling. The issue must be addressed also upstream, involving the entire production/supply chain, for an accurate analysis of costs and impacts on internal operations. Behavioural changes (best practices) are also reflected in the well-being within the workplace and, therefore, help to increase productivity and comfort. Since the evolution of integrated services within the concept of Smart City, Stop CO2 offers a solid advice for a reduction in volume and a sustainable waste management, through optimisation policies on storage, materials, suppliers (supply chain) and internal processes.
Stop CO2 analyses all aspects of enterprise mobility. Many profitable opportunities come from a sustainable internal mobility, as well as a freight logistics organisation, complying to the most rigid international standards. The reshaping of enterprise’s mobility is one of the basic elements for company’s best practices and leads to the multiple benefits of reducing carbon footprint, containing budget, improve productivity and give a virtuous example to the community.
The internal operations are often coordinated with a compartmentalised approach, within a company, without taking into account possible synergies and cost savings achieved by remodelling processes in a sustainable key. Supply chain, storage logistics, materials choices and packaging management must be analysed as elements in close relation to each other and improve their management to reduce impacts and costs, as well as to increase safety and quality in the workplace.
Stop CO2 analyses savings opportunities not only with a technological approach, but also looking into logistics and cold chain management for distribution, storage and sale of food products. New technologies and integrated systems allow cuts in operating costs and maintenance, as well as processing times, in favour of greater competitiveness.
Business strategies, best practices, internal regulatory compliance, as well as investments in well-being within the workplace will not only offer gains in terms of safety, comfort and productivity, but will also help companies breaking into new customers, keeping pace with the market and distinguishing the brand as an innovator. The increasing number of customers sensitive to environmental issues is offering new challenges and tangible benefits for businesses.