Energy is a vast and diverse field which spans several disciplines and is used in very many contexts. Such areas comprise, but are not limited to:
- Conventional power generation (electricity)
- Commodities such as fossil fuels, including natural gas, gasoline, diesel, coal, kerosene, ethanol
- Renewable energy sources (RES) such as solar thermal, photovoltaics, wind and wave energy, etc
- Nuclear power generation
Ever since the industrial revolution energy commodities have facilitated technological and societal progress. The necessity to collect accurate numbers regarding energy consumption and demand was realised after the energy crisis of 1973. Energy statistics* help remove subjectivity and bias from the “energy picture” of an economy or a commercial organisation enabling better future planning and remedial measures, where needed.
In the past few years, the EU has accelerated efforts to curb the level of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from energy intensive firms. As of Jan. 1st, 2012, all commercial airline carriers flying in the European airspace will be obliged to incur charges for the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of their flights. The latter measure falls under the European Emissions Trading Scheme which constitutes the cornerstone of the EU climate policy intended to combat climate change. Other carbon demanding industries include shipping and power generation plants. Before devising strategies to lower their CO2 emissions, commercial organisations first need to accurately directly measure or estimate their carbon footprint. This step is a prerequisite for complying with the legislation.
As the world’s levels of CO2 emissions continue to rise the frequency of extreme weather phenomena such as heat waves is expected to intensify. The latter is anticipated to further strain the world’s water resources especially in areas where water demand is increasing and water supplies shrink. One of the ways to increase the supply of fresh water countries is through expensive seawater desalination. At the same time, the cost of municipality, industrial and agricultural water will continue to rise taking also into account the true environmental cost of water generation and extraction including externalities such as its carbon footprint. At such, there will be an increased need to lower water consumption. Water shortage in Cyprus, especially during the summer months, is very common. In order to conserve valuable water quantities municipalities resort to water cuts. As a result, households and business operations are affected by water intermittency.
What We Do
When it comes to lowering energy and water consumption and CO2 emissions the lack of reliable relevant statistics is analogous to charting a course in uncharted waters with often unforeseen consequences. In order to avoid experimentation, Energy Sequel, which specialises on conventional and renewable energy and water usage, helps commercial organisations collect data, monitor, and more importantly lower their current and future energy and water utilisation and carbon footprint.
We are committed that the measures a company implements to lower either its energy or water use or CO2 emissions will have an amortisation period of three years or less. In other words, any investments will pay by themselves within a 3 year time window or less with the added bonus of future savings. Through such strategies firms not only can they lower their costs but they can also improve their environmental credentials. In addition, Energy Sequel based on previous data makes projections about the future energy and water needs and CO2 levels of a company. Subsequently, we outline some of the services we offer:
1. Energy Intelligence
Depending on the nature of the activities of a commercial or non-profit organisation, energy use represents an appreciable proportion of the overall costs. As the cost of electricity in Cyprus continues to increase the need to lower energy expenditure becomes more pressing than ever. Using specialised calculations and dedicated software Energy Sequel can determine and “dissect” the energy (electricity) consumption of an organisation. Piecing together a comprehensive picture of the energy use of an organisation helps identify opportunities for energy savings. This enables the implementation of smart and fast remedial measures in an attempt to lower the electricity bill and improve energy efficiency.
2. Carbon Footprint Intelligence
Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are either estimated or under certain conditions directly measured. Energy Sequel has considerable expertise in calculating the carbon footprint of products and services using the Carbon Tracer®software.
The process of determining the carbon footprint of a product or service generates new insight which can be used to lower their level of CO2. At the same time, since the carbon footprint is inherently linked to energy utilisation by lowering the CO2 level of the service or product it is possible to unlock opportunities otherwise difficult to identify. Such opportunities may require little or in some cases large capital investments. Energy Sequel is in a position to guarantee customers that within a time frame of three years they will recover the costs of their investment.
Continuous monitoring of carbon footprint makes it possible for companies to trace their emissions and help them measure the impact business decisions have on their future emissions levels. For more info please consult the carbon footprint section.
3. Water Intelligence
Second only to electricity consumption, water use constitutes the largest expense for a commercial organisation particularly for industrial units using considerable amounts of water. Water bills will further increase in year 2012 when higher prices will be implemented by municipalities in line with EU guidelines. This development makes water conservation a necessity. Energy Sequel helps companies monitor their water consumption and implement measures to reduce their water footprint. International metrics, proven practises and a strong dose of creativity are used to bring about the desired outcome of lowering water use. Depending on the targets the investments needed to lower consumption will be covered within three years or less.
4. Energy, Water and Carbon Footprint Statistics
The deregulation of the Cyprus power generation sector together with the recent discovery of natural gas off the coast of Cyprus open up new opportunities for companies interested in diversifying or are considering entering the Cyprus energy market. Ambitious Government policies also aim to transform Cyprus into a regional energy centre. On the other hand, water shortage presents opportunities for water desalination projects. Moreover, aggressive Cyprus Government renewable energy and carbon emissions policies, which arise from EU commitments, will provide considerable growth opportunities for renewable energy technologies such as photovoltaics and wind energy. Besides the opportunities many challenges surround business decisions.
Sound business decisions and future trends can be identified by considering reliable past and current energy and water data and CO2 levels for Cyprus, the nearby region, and the world. Reliable statistics can help remove subjectivity, mitigate risk, and guide successful decision making. Energy Sequel collects and maintains a statistical database for energy and water consumption, imports and exports, and CO2 emissions for Cyprus, the EU and the world. We collect data from respected organisations and sources such as the International Energy Agency, the UK, the EU, Cyprus, and the US. Drawing on our experience on energy, water, and carbon footprint we also conduct market research, such as gallups, for clients interested in gaining access to current and future consumer trends. For more info feel free to contact us.
*Energy statistics is the science of retrieving, compiling, processing and disseminating data on all aspects of energy commodities such as fossil fuels (natural gas, liquid fuels and coal), electricity and renewable energy sources.