There is much talk in the media, on networks and even in families about energy efficiency: the importance of saving energy, to be more efficient, to turn off appliances, light bulbs, to close the fridge, to use the full load of the washing machine… but in reality, What is the impact for the world and the future of our children, if we get serious in homes and businesses with energy efficiency strategies?
Normally there are two types of impacts: environmental and economic.. Against the first, the International Energy Agency (IEA), assures that the energy efficiency is the second most important strategy in the purpose of bringing the world to a state of “Net Zero” (when the amount of CO2 emitted is equal to the amount removed from the atmosphere), In this state, the increase in global temperature would be limited to 1.5 °C, a necessary objective for the survival of our species and the maintenance of the ecosystem balance (IEA, 2021).
To achieve this goal from energy efficiency, each current energy unit must double its efficiency; namely, With the same energy as today, we should be able to meet the requirements of an economy twice the size. The challenge is great, very great; however, and fortunately for humanity, technology, people and success stories are at the right level of maturity to achieve this goal, and here, In our blog, many of these topics will be covered in order to guide our readers on how to achieve it.
The second impact of energy efficiency is economic and, according to the IEA, promoting efficiency and electrification measures can reduce energy bills between USD 2.3 and 2.8 billion annually until 2030 , freeing up money that families could use to improve their quality of life. lifetime.
Energy efficiency in Latin America.
In Latin America, an inefficiency in the use of energy is estimated at over 40% , which at Azimut Energía we corroborate in our day-to-day work, where it is usual to generate savings between 5% and 50% .
According to our own estimates, a energy savings of 8% in LATAM, could mean 2.8 million new formal jobs (equivalent to reducing the total unemployed population by 10%) or increase by 42% all investment in research and development in the region. These results could transform our countries.
In this same line of economic impacts, it is important to highlight that countries such as Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Chile or Peru, present energy costs higher than the world average or that of the United States or China. This situation represents a significant burden when it comes to improving the competitiveness of our companies and generating quality jobs and, therefore, well-being in the region.
At Azimut we strive every day to build a better world based on energy efficiency, which leads us to work on four pillars: Energy purchase management, energy use management, technological substitution and distributed generation. All these issues are at the forefront of the energy transition in which we find ourselves as a society.
In the different articles of this blog you can find information about the work that we have developed in Azimut Energía, with their learning and with the experience of our collaborators. We do all of this with the intention that companies in the region can improve their competitiveness, reduce their environmental impact and, ultimately, improve the quality of those of us who live in these magical lands. We hope to be able to count on your feedback and that together we promote this dream of living and building a better world.
Prepared by: Santiago Uribe.