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Energy Consumption and Climate Change: Time to Take Action

Climate change is one of the biggest and most pressing challenges of our time. Most people accept this and try to do their part, be it smaller actions like recycling packaging and cutting back on carbon-high foods, or larger-scale actions like cutting out fossil fuels and campaigning for improved government policy. But what about our energy consumption? What can we do to reduce its role in this global environmental issue? Businesses especially have a significant opportunity and responsibility to reduce their carbon footprint and contribute to a sustainable future. Let’s take a closer look at the crucial link between energy consumption and climate change and how we can take action.  


  1. Understanding the Connection:

It can be hard to remember that our energy consumption is linked to greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. When you go into a room and flick on the light it just feels like second nature, as it does to leave the room with that light still on, with no thought spared for how that energy is created. In 2022 42.3% of our energy came from fossil fuels [1], the burning of which, as we all know, releases carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, contributing to the warming of the planet. Being actively conscious of this connection between our energy consumption and climate change is the first step towards implementing effective energy management strategies. 


  1. Importance of Energy Efficiency:

So now you’re thinking about your energy consumption, but what do you do about it? The key is to improve your energy efficiency. If you’re wasting energy through bad consumption behaviours, then not only are you wasting money on your bills, but you’re also likely wasting fossil fuels. In our last blog we discussed the power of data analytics in helping you cut energy waste. Through analysing your energy data, you can identify areas of inefficiency and implement energy-saving measures. These could include upgrading to energy-efficient equipment, optimising operational processes, or implementing smart technologies to automate energy usage. Initiatives like this can improve efficiency, cut bills, and reduce carbon emissions. A win-win-win!  


  1. Integration of Renewable Energy:

Of course, if 42% of our energy comes from fossil fuels, then the rest of it comes from... somewhere. Renewable energy has been steadily rising over the past few years. In 2022 it accounted for 35.9% of our energy production [1], a number which is expected to continue to grow as investment in renewables increases. This transition to renewables by the national energy market plays a vital role in addressing climate change. But businesses don’t just have to rely on the national grid, they can take matters into their own hands and integrate renewable solutions such as solar panels or wind turbines into their own energy infrastructure. By generating clean, renewable energy on-site, businesses can reduce their reliance on fossil fuels and significantly lower their carbon emissions. 


The link between energy consumption and climate change is undeniable and businesses have a critical role to play in the transition to a more sustainable future. By acting today, businesses can contribute to global climate change mitigation efforts, improve their environmental stewardship, and create a more sustainable bottom line.  


And finally, how can we help? 

An energy management service like ours at OAK Network will not only do the data analysis for you, but we will also give you proven recommendations to optimise and reduce your consumption. On top of that, we can also give you personalised advice on funding renewable projects. Contact OAK Network today to start your journey towards climate-friendly energy management.