Using energy efficiently
The cleanest energy is energy that is never used in the first place. Buildings, industry and transportation all offer vast potential to improve efficiency and conserve energy. The climate, and companies' balance sheets, will benefit.
Huge untapped potential
Beyond clean power generation, using all energy as efficiently as possible is a crucial aspect of a sustainable energy supply.
Intelligent, energy-saving products and solutions can produce tremendous savings – in terms of power and costs – in buildings, industry and transportation. Households can also become more efficient. Modern, smart home appliances use less than half as much energy as their predecessors from the 1990s.
Measured among the 23 biggest energy-using countries, Australia scores reasonably well for energy efficiency in buildings. Strong, mandatory energy codes have been in place here since the turn of the century. When it comes to transportation, the country’s largest single energy consumer, Australia comes second from bottom. In industry, too, there is still massive room for improvement.
The future of transportation is electric. Whether in buses, trains, electric cars or even planes, electric motors are around three times as efficient as internal combustion engines. Emissions can be cut to almost zero when the power comes from renewable technologies. Electric vehicles can be integrated as part of a smart grid: their on-board batteries serving as buffers while connected to the grid.
Optimizing energy use in buildings
As much as 40% of the energy consumed worldwide is used in or for buildings, but continuous energy optimization can reduce this by a third or more. Intelligent building management systems substantially enhance efficiency and comfort, improving both the productivity of the building’s inhabitants and the competitiveness of companies.
Saving energy in industry
On average, energy accounts for 10% of all production costs. But in energy-intensive industries like steel, chemicals or pharmaceuticals, the percentage is much higher – as much as 40%, in fact. Changing energy markets and politics further increase regulation and cost pressures on industry. As a result, there is a great deal of potential for energy savings, and these can have a big impact on the balance.
State-of-the-art applications for significant savings
When it comes to providing benefit for the environment and users at the same time, Siemens can offer a unique portfolio of products, systems, and solutions.
The Siemens commitment
euros invested in improving the energy efficiency of our own buildings and facilities
euros in annual savings expected from 2020 onwards
Advanced intelligent energy
World's safest high-voltage switchgear
Real-time electricity consumption monitoring
Modular concept makes it fit everywhere
Quiet and environmentally compatible
Decades of cost-effective operation ensured
Reducing energy costs and CO² emissions
Drive components preconfigured for the paper industry
Totally Integrated Power (TIP) and Integrated Drives Systems (IDS)