Commercial buildings include a wide variety of building types - offices, hospitals, schools, police stations, places of worship, warehouses, hotels, and shopping malls. Different commercial activities all have unique energy needs but, as a whole, commercial buildings use more than half of their energy for heating/cooling and lighting.
Cost-effective technologies to increase energy efficiency in buildings can lead to sharp reductions in emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases (GHG) resulting from the production, distribution, and use of fossil fuels and electricity needed for all energy-using activities that take place within commercial buildings.
Methods to reduce GHG emissions in commercial buildings
A significant means of reducing GHG emissions in the commercial buildings involves more rapid deployment of technologies aimed at reducing energy use in building equipment (appliances, heating and cooling systems, lighting, and all plug loads, including office equipment) and reducing heating and cooling energy losses through improvements in building thermal integrity.
Other effective methods to reduce emissions include urban design and land-use planning that facilitate lower energy-use patterns and reduce urban heat islands; fuel switching; improving the efficiency of district heating and cooling systems; using more sustainable building techniques; ensuring correct installation, operation, and equipment sizing; and using building energy management systems.
Improving the combustion of solid biofuels or replacing them with a liquid or gaseous fuel are also important means for reducing non-CO2 GHG emissions. The use of biomass is estimated (with considerable uncertainty) to produce emissions of 100 MtCO2eq/yr, mainly from products of incomplete combustion that have greenhouse warming potential.
MGM Innova services for GHG emission reduction (ER) projects in the commercial buildings include:
- Energy audits,
- Design of energy efficiency improvement plans,
- Project development and implementation,
- Monitoring and
- Monetization of ER credits.
As mentioned above, significant energy savings are possible through improvements in equipment that consume energy. Investments in changing the design and manufacture of such equipment can lead to significant energy savings for all users who acquire the equipment. MGM Innova can support with investment in equipment manufacture through the commercialization of future emission reductions. Equipment could use household electric and gas equipment, motor vehicles, etc. Manufacturers benefit from being able to offer high-efficiency equipment with little increase in price. Consumers benefit through energy cost savings, again with little extra cost for improved efficiency. MGM Innova would work with potential manufacturers in the design and implementation of such projects.
Benefits of GHG ER projects in commercial buildings
- Energy cost savings
- Reduce CO2 emissions that are causing global warming
- Reduce environmental impact of power generation
- Reduce investment requirements for energy supply expansion
- Reduce dependence on oil and natural gas imports
- Contribute to sustainable development
MGM Innova staff has led and been involved in development and implementation of energy efficiency (EE) projects/programs in many countries of the world, including an EE housing project in China and EE programs in Mexico and Colombia among others.