What are you doing about sustainability?

Facing the constant torrent of BIG, BAD NEWS is exhausting.

Depending on your point of view, it can all be traced back to 2016 (if you are anti-Brexit) or 2020 (if you are anti-COVID, which I’m assuming we all are!). Whatever your political, cultural or social persuasion, there is no doubting that it’s a rough time at the moment.

At the forefront of most people’s minds right now is the energy crisis, and what it means for us at home, obviously, but also in our workplaces. Many businesses are locked into energy rates that are about to end and they are in for a horrific shock when they get their new quotes.

Whilst I believe the team at Scenariio can do many things, they are not miracle workers so there is a limit to how we can help, but help we most certainly can by making you more sustainable.

Sustainability is a buzzword that means different things to different people. There is clearly, and most importantly, an environmental aspect to it as we all make desperate attempts to lessen our impact on climate change. However, business sustainability should not be underestimated either. Keeping businesses running, people in employment and retaining your staff is crucial in the face of the economic challenges we face at the moment. Bills are going sky high, so any opportunity to manage consumption should be taken with both hands and that is just one of the many benefits of using the smart technology we provide to our customers.

Did you know that lighting is the second biggest consumer of energy in your building, at approximately 40% of your energy usage? That is massive, and yet many businesses only focus their sustainability efforts on heating and EV. The good news is that we can help you reduce your lighting energy consumption by up to 90% whilst improving productivity by 25%, employee accuracy by 12% and reducing absenteeism by 35%.

We install PoE lighting for our customers, which delivers power and data over an ethernet cable. Each light has a cable which goes back to a central comms rooms, meaning there is no 240V equipment in ceiling voids, and no lighting drivers to fail on the back of fixtures. This saves our customers the expense of long installation and commissioning processes, and takes away the need for expensive electrician callouts, with the opportunity for lights to fail being drastically reduced.

The level of lighting control is where we can really deliver savings, even over DALI LED systems. Accessed locally or remotely via desktop or app, lighting can be controlled at fixture level or in zones, on different programmes. This level of control means that there is no excessive consumption with lights being left on, or floors being lit up unnecessarily.

Anyone who has worked in a windowless room under fluorescent lighting will know how harsh and unproductive an environment that truly is, and the reason for that is that your body follows the circadian rhythm. Essentially that means that your body responds to lighting that mimics the tone of light produced by the sun throughout the day. Our lighting delivers that automatically, harvesting daylight to automatically dim the lights when they can, reducing consumption.

Finally, each of these lights have a sensor built in that we supplement with a dense network to deliver information on occupancy, motion, temperature, humidity, CO2 levels, air quality and resource utilisation. Hosted centrally on our smart Insiight dashboard, we can put all building data in one place so that businesses, workforces and visitors can see how a business is consuming and performing. Automations and notifications are built off the back of this to control heating, air conditioning and check for windows and doors being opened.

Implementing these sorts of solutions has all sorts of additional benefits, from a rental uplift for building owners, to aiding in employee recruitment and retention as they see their employer going the extra mile to look after their wellbeing and achieve their ESG ambitions.

Importantly though, legislation for sustainability will be introduced soon and businesses will be expected to demonstrate their commitment to it. Our clients are ahead of the game by introducing our technology but every business needs to start preparing. We are always keen to see how we can help people follow suit so please contact us to discuss your options further.