As COP26 came to a close in November, one thing was clear - not enough is being done to tackle the climate crisis. The UN has estimated that the world isn’t on track to meet the Paris Agreement, with the goal of limiting global warming to below 2°C very unlikely as things stand. In fact, it’s predicted that current emissions will lead to a global temperature rise of 2.7°C, which will have even more catastrophic consequences for our planet.
Vulnerable countries are being impacted the most by global warming. During the COP26 summit, the phrase ‘loss and damage’ was frequently used, referring to the devastating effects of global warming being felt in these areas. Rising sea levels, raging fires, and sweeping floods are having a dramatic impact on people’s lives, despite these countries contributing the least to global gas emissions.
To create safer, more habitable environments for these vulnerable countries, more rigid targets must be set and bigger commitments need to be made.
Whilst the world’s governments have a responsibility to commit to real change and turn things around while they still can, businesses can also do what they can to contribute to a better future.
How can businesses do their bit?
Many businesses are already taking the initiative and implementing changes across their organisation. Examples include upgrading recycling facilities, using energy-saving lightbulbs, offsetting carbon emissions, and promoting cycle schemes – all of these are great ways to improve sustainability. However, smart IoT technology can take things to the next level.
Devices like Invisible Systems smart sensors are ideal if you want a solution that can:
Help to reduce energy usage and wastage
Identify potential (energy-guzzling) issues before they happen
Get employees and residents on board with sustainability efforts
Win more clients by demonstrating eco-awareness
Make a difference with minimal effort required on your side
How can these unobtrusive devices achieve so much? It’s all through the power of data. The wireless sensors gather information about the conditions of your buildings and assets, then feed it directly into Invisible Systems’ online dashboard, Real-Time Online. Using these insights, building managers and other decision-makers can take proactive measures to combat any problems that have arisen and improve the overall sustainability of the business.
Invisible Systems has already helped numerous organisations across various sectors, including housing associations, care homes, construction companies, schools, and more.
These are just a few examples of how IoT sensors can help businesses to minimise their environmental impact:
Identifying areas of high energy usage. This enables building managers to investigate why usage is so high (e.g. lights being left on overnight) and take steps to reduce it.
Facilitating predictive maintenance. Some smart sensors allow you to predict when a piece of equipment or machinery is likely to break. By stepping in before it does, you can extend asset lifetime, reduce outages (and subsequently the use of energy-hungry backup generators), avoid unnecessary repairs, and reduce vehicle emissions (e.g. by cutting down on the frequency of needless machine check-ups).
Controlling supply and demand of energy. Invisible Systems’ energy management system, Eco Lync, helps construction companies to drastically cut energy consumption by monitoring non-essential appliances and turning them off and on as demand varies.
Tracking energy usage in an easy-to-read dashboard. The intuitive design of Real-Time Online makes it easy to view and understand energy usage. Reports can be used to show employees/residents areas of high consumption and provide incentives to improve these.
IoT technology is changing the sustainability game for businesses everywhere. By leveraging the insights provided by smart sensors, organisations can do their bit to save the planet and strive for change, improving the lives of those who are most affected by climate change.
Invisible Systems aims to empower companies to make positive change through the use of data. To find out how your organisation can make a difference through the use of our leading-edge IoT sensors, get in touch with our team today.