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The Climate Pledge: Achieving Net Zero Carbon by 2040

Are You Doing Your Part? We Can Help.

Earlier this summer, we learned of The Climate Pledge after reading this blog from Amazon discussing the internet giant’s intent to reach net zero carbon by 2040, a full decade ahead of the Paris Agreement. An ambitious goal for sure, but after we stopped to consider how swiftly the company rose from being an online bookstore to the megastore and distribution center it is today, we realized that the timeframe and goal may not be too lofty of a feat after all.

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Will Efficiency Retrofits Be Sexier in 2016?

This time a few years ago our team met up with a customer to review an energy efficiency proposal planned for early the following year.  Our HVAC and lighting upgrade was set to improve ventilation and lighting, while reducing the building’s annual energy consumption by 250,000 kWh.  The local utility was prepared to contribute 30% of the project’s cost, producing a 28 month return on the potential investment.

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Companies Buying Energy From Their Utilities – the Math Works, Until It Doesn’t

There are two sides to a company’s energy profile – consumption of energy by its facility assets (HVAC, lighting, etc.) and it’s purchase of utility services (electricity, gas, etc.)  In practice energy engineering teams (including ours) spend most of their time identifying opportunities for energy efficient equipment upgrades or behavior changes.  Purchased utility services are usually taken as a given, with utility bills being studied for historical inflation rates, usage patterns and demand charges.

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