Utilities

From A Village Without Electricity, To Leading Siemens To Net Zero

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<p><span data-contrast="none">I believe humanity has a future and that it&rsquo;s a sustainable one. Sustainability is engraved in my decision-making &ndash; my first thought is always &lsquo;is this sustainable?&rsquo;</span><span data-ccp-props="{&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:259}">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span data-contrast="none">At Siemens, we focus on UN Sustainable Development Goals, which we have been agreed upon by almost every country on earth. One of them is climate change, which is something very close to my heart, and that defines my current role. I&rsquo;m basically tasked with driving Siemens and Siemens customers toward carbon neutrality by 2030.</span><span data-ccp-props="{&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:259}">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span data-contrast="none">It&rsquo;s easy to find passion and motivation in my role. I&rsquo;m doing something for my children and my children&rsquo;s children. It impacts the children of my team, my customers and the entire world. When you are passionate and filled with purpose, you don&rsquo;t get tired.</span><span data-ccp-props="{&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:259}">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span data-contrast="none">Which is lucky because this is the biggest challenge humanity has ever faced.</span><span data-ccp-props="{&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:259}">&nbsp;</span></p><p aria-level="1"><strong><span data-contrast="none">The Importance of Technology in Granting Opportunity</span></strong><span data-ccp-props="{&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559738&quot;:240,&quot;335559739&quot;:0,&quot;335559740&quot;:259}">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span data-contrast="none">I&rsquo;m from India, from a state called Haryana, close to New Delhi. It&rsquo;s an agriculture-based economy that only got sealed roads in last decade. I saw my first electric lightbulb in the late &lsquo;80s, but when that lamp lit up, I distinctly remember a feeling of unity &ndash; our world lit up, and the whole village celebrated.</span><span data-ccp-props="{&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:259}">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span data-contrast="none">I&rsquo;ve since watched the progress of my village &ndash; that light changed lives, with happiness turning into prosperity for many. Sanitation and education soon followed the glow, and my life went in a different direction. I was able to go to school and I now find myself in Singapore working for Siemens.</span><span data-ccp-props="{&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:259}">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span data-contrast="none">But my background means that I have a different understanding than most of the world. In 2021 more than 900 million people still lack access to electricity. At Siemens we want to touch the lives of people by providing clean and affordable energy, and in a sustainable way.</span><span data-ccp-props="{&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:259}">&nbsp;</span></p><p aria-level="1"><strong><span data-contrast="none">There&rsquo;s No Opportunity Without Sustainability</span></strong><span data-ccp-props="{&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559738&quot;:240,&quot;335559739&quot;:0,&quot;335559740&quot;:259}">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span data-contrast="none">Siemens is a technology company. We aim to touch the lives of those 900 million people to provide access to electricity and all the opportunities it brings.</span><span data-ccp-props="{&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:259}">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span data-contrast="none">We know that we can no longer burn coal to produce this energy. We must ensure this electricity is renewable. We find ourselves walking a tightrope between supply urgency and long-term sustainability.</span><span data-ccp-props="{&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:259}">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span data-contrast="none">A key part of this sustainability is ensuring that those who do have access to energy use it responsibly. Electricity is a unique resource in that it doesn&rsquo;t matter how much you produce; you can guarantee it will be used. Energy use increases exponentially as a society develops. But growing up in a village with a single lightbulb, I know the importance of using it responsibly.</span><span data-ccp-props="{&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:259}">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span data-contrast="none">An example: You have a shower; I had a bucket. You use your shower for two hours because you can. I used a single bucket of water because I had to. If we all have a common address (the earth), why should some enjoy so much more liberty than others? Developed nations have an excess of energy, using it even more than what is really necessary. Meanwhile, 900 million people go without energy altogether. Consuming and generating responsibly is about creating equity to the world.</span><span data-ccp-props="{&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:259}">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span data-contrast="none">I&rsquo;d like to suggest that not only energy but all natural resources should be used responsibly and feed the savings you make into efforts that grant others access. Inequality leads to conflict. The only truly sustainable path is an equitable one.</span><span data-ccp-props="{&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:259}">&nbsp;</span></p><p aria-level="1"><strong><span data-contrast="none">The Keys to a Sustainable Future for Your Organisation</span></strong><span data-ccp-props="{&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559738&quot;:240,&quot;335559739&quot;:0,&quot;335559740&quot;:259}">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span data-contrast="none">My work at Siemens begins by helping customers reduce their energy consumption. The standard reaction is &lsquo;less energy means less comfort&rsquo;, but this is where Siemens technology can help.</span><span data-ccp-props="{&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:259}">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span data-contrast="none">We improve efficiency, so that you use less energy without compromising on comfort. It is technology with purpose. We don&rsquo;t replace equipment that comes with embodied energy i.e. chillers which are usually the worst energy offenders &ndash; we instead optimize them with &lsquo;demand flow&rsquo; technology. After a few years, the technology will pay for itself, which makes them as compelling a business case as they are an environmental case. Sustainability for the business and as the business.</span><span data-ccp-props="{&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:259}">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span data-contrast="none">When I first have a coffee with a client, I like to dig into the true reason why they do what they do, on a personal level. Almost every answer is either to benefit higher savings, people and society or the planet. Add to that the fact that every leader should now know the biggest risk to their business is climate change. If that&rsquo;s true, why wait to act?</span><span data-ccp-props="{&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:259}">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span data-contrast="none">The fact is we only have till 2030. If we don&rsquo;t act now the effects will become irreversible. Even if you invested all the world&rsquo;s money after 2030, you won&rsquo;t bring that ice back.</span><span data-ccp-props="{&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:259}">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span data-contrast="none">I then introduce sustainable development goals, and more specifically total energy management, a concept made up of three spheres:</span><span data-ccp-props="{&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:259}">&nbsp;</span></p><ul><li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="1" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="1" data-aria-level="1"><span data-contrast="none">Reduce your energy consumption through technology. Siemens offers a wealth of energy efficiency technology that can be retrofitted to existing chillers, air compressors, boilers, lighting controls, lift escalators, motors and more.</span><span data-ccp-props="{&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:259}">&nbsp;</span></li><li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="1" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="2" data-aria-level="1"><span data-contrast="none">Produce your own energy. We can&rsquo;t be so reliant on coal-fuelled power plants (where 33% of the energy is also lost in transmission and distribution.) Use solar, wind and battery storage to produce and use energy on site with best combination of energy storage with microgrid controllers to create more democratized power.&nbsp;</span><span data-ccp-props="{&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:259}">&nbsp;</span></li><li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="1" aria-setsize="-1" data-aria-posinset="3" data-aria-level="1"><span data-contrast="none">Procure green energy. In order to offset any remaining emissions to achieve net zero, look at procuring green energy. As more green energy is procured, the world as a whole will become greener.</span><span data-ccp-props="{&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:259}">&nbsp;</span></li></ul><p><span data-contrast="none">Remember too that sustainability is not something you set and forget. Implement sustainable practices alongside digitalization. Look at the data and search for ways to improve. If you tick a box and consider sustainability &lsquo;complete&rsquo;, you&rsquo;ll eventually revert to your original, unsustainable state.</span><span data-ccp-props="{&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:259}">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span data-contrast="none">Work to make your operation more sustainable over time, using new technologies and innovations as they are developed. The ultimate goal should not be to stop at net zero, but to become carbon negative &ndash; to take an ever-increasing amount of carbon </span><em><span data-contrast="none">out</span></em><span data-contrast="none"> of the atmosphere.</span><span data-ccp-props="{&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:259}">&nbsp;</span></p><p aria-level="1"><span data-contrast="none">The planet isn&rsquo;t at risk &ndash; we are</span><span data-ccp-props="{&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559738&quot;:240,&quot;335559739&quot;:0,&quot;335559740&quot;:259}">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span data-contrast="none">The Earth has seen it all before: asteroids, super volcanoes, mass extinction events. It kept spinning through all this, bouncing back to its former blue and green glory over eons. Climate change doesn&rsquo;t threaten the earth. It threatens us.</span><span data-ccp-props="{&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:259}">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span data-contrast="none">If we create a world where people help each other, and where everybody enjoys the same opportunities, and where people have the ability to grow, we&rsquo;ll create a world that is sustainable for us humans. And when we take care of our own species, we&rsquo;ll also take care of others, because we&rsquo;re more reliant on nature than nature is on us.</span><span data-ccp-props="{&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:259}">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span data-contrast="none">Every human being has a role in creating this sustainability, but those in charge of big companies have more responsibility than most.</span><span data-ccp-props="{&quot;201341983&quot;:0,&quot;335559739&quot;:160,&quot;335559740&quot;:259}">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span data-contrast="none">My work at Siemens gives me hope that we&rsquo;ll all do the right thing</span><em><span data-contrast="none">.</span></em>&nbsp;</p>
KR Expert - Sunil Kumar Yadav