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"From Crisis to Change: Harnessing the Power of Efficiency and Renewables Post-2022"

As Europe grapples with ongoing energy challenges, Schneider Electric recently emphasized the crucial need for the world to draw lessons from the 2022 energy crisis in a Financial Times article.



With a focus on electrification through renewables and digitalization, we wanted to highlight the urgent necessity to implement sustainable solutions.





With the context of a genuine energy crisis already having affected Europe - the need to transition to a smarter energy system is more relevant than ever.
With the context of a genuine energy crisis already having affected Europe - the need to transition to a smarter energy system is more relevant than ever.


Addressing the Lessons of the 2022 Energy Crisis:



In 2022, Europe experienced an energy crisis that compelled households and businesses to curtail energy usage, impacting seasonal festivities. Even the iconic Eiffel Tower light show in Paris was dimmed to conserve energy.
While these efforts helped avert blackouts, the milder winter weather played a role in preventing widespread disruptions. However, the International Energy Agency (IEA) warns that Europe faces a similar threat in the upcoming winter, with projected shortfalls of nearly 30 billion cubic meters, equivalent to approximately 7% of the 2021 demand.
Philippe Delorme, Executive Vice President of Europe Operations for Schneider Electric, underscores the prevailing vulnerability of Europe's energy markets, stating, "The immediate future remains unclear, and Europe's energy markets are still in a very vulnerable position."
Delorme further highlights the substantial sums governments spent on energy subsidies last winter, equating to the funding of the upcoming Paris 2024 Summer Olympic Games eight times over.
We need to continue urging governments and organizations to invest in technologies and solutions that drive energy efficiency, to prove their cost-effectiveness in both the short and long term.

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Philippe Delorme, Executive Vice President of Europe Operations for Schneider Electric

Embracing Digital Efficiency to Meet Demand and Reduce Consumption:



While green energy infrastructure investments primarily focus on augmenting clean power supply through initiatives like wind farms and efficient solar panels, experts argue that digital efficiency holds the key to short-term solutions.
Leveraging smart energy management devices that monitor and track resources can curtail energy consumption and costs across residential, commercial, and energy-sensitive facilities. Moreover, many demand-side measures can be readily introduced using existing technology.
Delorme affirms the importance of optimizing energy usage and minimizing waste, stating, "We all need to optimize our energy use and reduce waste, and we can do this by leveraging the technologies we already have available to us."
By prioritizing electrification, Europe can simultaneously bolster energy security and drive decarbonization. This entails transitioning all aspects of transportation, heating and cooling systems, and industrial-scale processes to renewable energy sources, marking a transformative shift away from fossil fuels.

The Role of Electrification and Efficient Technologies:



A 2022 study published in Scientific Reports emphasizes that the electrification of multiple applications within buildings is paramount to achieving lower carbon emissions and meeting global net-zero goals.
The study highlights the significance of employing efficient electrical heating systems to manage demand, with ground-source heat pumps serving as an exemplary solution.
Our own research estimates that by prioritizing electrification in the buildings and transport sectors, Europe can increase the share of electricity in its overall energy mix from 20% to 50%.
This approach not only substantially reduces reliance on fossil fuels but also minimizes or eliminates energy waste.

The Lippulaiva Urban Development: Pioneering Energy Efficiency:



The Lippulaiva urban development, situated near Helsinki, Finland, represents a remarkable example of energy efficiency technologies and digitalization systems. Comprising residential flats and a retail park, this project aims to be both carbon-neutral and Europe's most energy-efficient development.
Lippulaiva aims to be the most environmentally responsible and environmentally friendly city center in Europe
Lippulaiva aims to be the most environmentally responsible and environmentally friendly city center in Europe

Through the use of onsite solar panels and geothermal wells, the Lippulaiva center leverages digital technology to monitor and manage electricity demand and supply. Battery storage facilitates the usage of electricity as needed, while excess power generated can be fed back into the local grid. This pioneering initiative embodies what is achievable in 2023 and serves as a blueprint for constructing a sustainable future.

Moving forward:



The urgent need to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, promote electrification, and transition to renewable energy sources to address Europe's current energy crisis and reduce emissions is clear.
Political will is evident, as demonstrated by the willingness to allocate funds for action. However, it is crucial that such actions and investments be strategically directed to prevent recurring challenges in the upcoming winter and beyond.
By collectively learning from the lessons of the 2022 energy crisis, governments, organizations, and individuals can foster a resilient energy sector and pave the way toward a greener and more sustainable future.
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  • Christina Carlmark

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    Excellent article- thanks for sharing.

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    • Sarah Chabane

      44 w

      Do you think that the energy crisis is over?

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      • walter lungayi

        44 w

        Congratulations 👏. Green energy is the best way to go.

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        Welcome, let's solve the climate crisis together
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