Carbon reduction

The rising cost of energy, and concerns about the impact of greenhouse gas emissions, are leading to the advent of more UK and European legislation obliging businesses to make reductions in carbon emissions year-on-year.

The Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC-EES) affects some 20,000 public and private sector organisations in the UK. These large energy users must meet carbon reduction targets or be subject to financial penalties.

Cygnet is able to help businesses seeking carbon footprint reductions in several ways:

Flexible working solutions

Cygnet can equip organisations with systems for use in employees’ homes with secure access to all information and facilities needed to carry out their day-to-day work, productively and efficiently.

Allowing personnel to work from home for part of the working week reduces emissions from transport and, through the adoption of ‘hot desking’, allows office space and the attendant carbon emissions to be reduced. In addition, research shows that personnel working from home are typically 10–40% more productive than their office-based counterparts. more»

Vacant energy reduction systems

Cygnet Solutions and its partners are trialling the use of new technologies to reduce wasted energy in non-domestic buildings. The solution targets so called ‘Vacant Energy,’ i.e., energy unnecessarily consumed in premises at times when the premises are not in use.

Low cost, unobtrusive switching devices are connected to each item of equipment which is not required during the night, weekends or holidays. A central system, connected wirelessly to the switches allows the desired switching patterns to be set up and managed.

Demand side management

Concerns about a looming electricity generation shortfall in the UK, the advent of more dynamic tariffs and potential new patterns of demand (e.g., the use of electric vehicles), are leading to renewed interest in demand-side electricity management. Cygnet offers low cost solutions that can shed load in real-time; for example at times of generation shortfall, network constraint or rapid peaks in demand. [C]