What is a Net Zero Carbon (NZC) audit?
Achieving Net Zero Carbon requires significant reduction or removal of all value-chain greenhouse gas emissions, to limit global warming to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial temperatures, in accordance with the 2015 Paris Climate Accords. Scientists believe that reaching this target by 2050 will prevent the most damaging effects of climate change.
Results from NZC audits provide key insight for building owners and help identify opportunities for achieving these targets effectively. Audits alone do not decrease energy usage or carbon emissions; energy and carbon saving strategies must be implemented to see results in the long term.
Why conduct an NZC audit?
When properly planned, your company’s Net Zero Carbon transition will not only shield you from the harmful effects of climate change, but it will also:
- Ensure that your investors, customers, and staff are satisfied.
- Improve your ability to adjust to future legislation.
- Lower your energy costs.
- Demonstrate leadership in sustainability.
- Reduce the chances of your company’s activities being disrupted.
- Increase the supply chain’s resiliency.
- Give you a competitive advantage in the market.
How could an NZC audit benefit your business?
- Energy Savings: Acknowledging and updating energy inefficiencies automatically reduces a building’s carbon emissions and overall demand for energy. An NZC audit also increases the building owner’s knowledge of its operating systems and their proper maintenance, which subsequently further decreases energy usage and carbon emissions.
- Financial Savings: Energy & carbon savings and financial benefits are inherently linked. By identifying and committing to strategies that help reduce energy and carbon consumption, a building’s energy costs can be greatly reduced.
- Sound Investment: Even though NZC audits require an initial fee, attending to hidden energy and carbon problems can prevent owners from facing future costs and repairs, reducing the net operating income (NOI) of the asset.
- Increased Occupant Comfort: Indoor environmental quality and overall occupant comfort levels can be raised by simply managing selected systems in a building. For example, by upgrading an HVAC system, air flow can be regulated by providing heating and cooling only when necessary. Improved lighting levels can also create a more comfortable atmosphere while reducing energy costs.
How can Longevity Partners help you?
An experienced Longevity Partners energy consultant will examine your building, recommending the most feasible opportunities with the best energy and carbon savings. Our team of experts will allow us to ensure that your project is delivered efficiently and to the highest possible standard.
We will work with you to achieve Net Zero Carbon using a mix of comprehensive technical skills in energy and carbon efficiency, sustainability implementations, data analysis, and cutting-edge low-carbon technologies. We will create and implement a comprehensive plan that optimises energy and resource use while reducing greenhouse gas emissions over time.
To identify the greatest savings, we look at the way in which a building or site operates, including control systems and maintenance procedures, as well as at the relevant energy systems in the building. We recommend projects have a clear implementation process and being able to oversee the implementation of the recommendations.
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