Collaboration with real estate developer on Cyprus for tracking the daily distribution, consumption and offsetting any excess carbon footprint.
Nowadays, it becomes more and more clear that energy consumption is a major contributor to carbon footprints, making it increasingly important to find ways to reduce our environmental impact. Offices and commercial buildings play a significant role in this energy consumption. The engineers at Robonomics have installed a system in the office of BBF, a Cyprus-based real estate developer, to track and collect electricity measurements. This system also provides a practical way to offset the carbon footprint.
At the BBF company's office building, several solar panels have been installed and integrated into the Solarweb system, enabling easy collection of analytics. The system provides data on the building's overall electricity consumption and the electricity generated by the solar panels. However, a crucial missing feature is the capability to offset the carbon footprint resulting from the electricity consumed beyond what is generated by the solar panels.
Having data on the total electricity consumption and the solar panels' electricity production allows for a straightforward calculation of the carbon footprint. It is assumed that electricity from solar panels has a carbon footprint of 0, which means compensation is necessary only for the excess electricity consumed beyond what the solar panels generated.
Notably, CO2 emissions differ across countries. In Cyprus, the average pollution stands at 587 g/kWh, according to Hannah Ritchie, Max Roser, and Pablo Rosado (2022) - "Energy".
To offset the carbon footprint, carbon credits are utilized, with each credit representing 1 ton of CO2. These credits play a vital role in compensating for the environmental impact caused by electricity consumption beyond the solar panels' contribution.
Thus, armed with data on energy consumption, solar panel production, and the Cyprus coefficient, it becomes effortless to determine the number of tokens required for carbon footprint offset.
To achieve this, we incorporated a Raspberry Pi, configured Home Assistant to collect analytical data, and developed an integration for compensating the footprint. The Home Assistant energy dashboard showcases the following details:
Furthermore, our integration enhances the system by offering a convenient control panel to view statistics and trigger compensation:
Below is an illustrative example of how carbon footprint offsetting occurs through our integration. Upon successful completion, the transaction unfolds as follows:
Reducing energy usage in the office is just as important as compensating for carbon emissions. We can achieve this by making small changes like using energy-efficient lighting and appliances and keeping office equipment well-maintained.
Energy consumption is a big part of our carbon footprint, and businesses must do their part to be more environmentally friendly. Having a system that tracks energy usage and helps offset carbon emissions can greatly reduce the impact of an office building on the environment. By adopting the right approach, businesses can contribute to a greener future.