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Community Energy Solutions

John A. Herbert
John A. Herbert
Registered Energy Assessor (REA)

Energy is used across all the sectors in a community, electricity for business, housing and industry, accounts for some 90 percent (60%) of the total generation in Hong Kong and more than 60% of the GHG emissions. And a very small portion is generated from renewable sources. Most of the power is generated at distant generating stations, and a byproduct, waste heat is dumped into nearby the air or into the sea.

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In most communities, grouped for statistical analysis, the "built environment" sector is largely independent of the others when it comes to energy use.

Community Energy Solutions (CES) make use of the opportunities that come from treating the built community environment as a system not a group of individual units.

What are CES?

As their name suggests, CES take advantage of opportunities to improve energy efficiency beyond an individual building or house to encompass whole communities.

CES also consider not only buildings, but how energy is supplied and consumed in all sectors including transportation; land-use planning; industry; water management; waste management and others.

By taking a more holistic approach to energy supply and demand, CES provide a more effective way to manage energy to the benefit of an entire community from using waste heat from industry to heat other buildings to community planning that encourages walking, cycling and use of public transit and achieve savings beyond those possible by approaching each sector independently.

CES community can be a rural area, a neighbourhood or a large city and includes both high- and low-technology solutions.

These solutions could include heating buildings and homes with waste heat from industry; situating buildings to make the most of the energy from the sun; more accessible walking and cycling routes. And built-in connections to help emerging low-emission technologies such as plug-in electric vehicles gain ground.

These are solutions that can be applied to new developments, existing neighbourhoods and even whole regions.

Community & Local Benefits

Because CES increases energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy, they are seen as a promising new way to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Early studies suggest that CES could reduce GHG emissions of communities by as much as 40 to 50 percent. More work is currently underway to improve the understanding of the role CES could play in meeting GHG goals.

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Equally as important, the benefits of investing in CES go beyond increased energy efficiency and reduced emissions, to include more livable cities and a better quality of life for citizens; improved air and water quality; local economic stimulation; reduced exposure to fluctuations in energy prices; and communities that are more competitive and attractive to new investment.

To start saving money call the energy experts today!

About Kelcroft

A professional energy consultant,Kelcroft provides bespoke advisory services helping your community reduce its energy costs, save money and shrink your carbon footprint. We develop appropriate energy management strategies that will positively impact your bottom-line and benefits the environment.

About the Author

John Herbert is a veteran engineer with more than 30 years engineering experience, educated in the United Kingdom he has worked across Asia for more than two decades engaged by international and local companies. He is a Hong Kong Registered Energy Assessor (REA) and BEAM Professional.



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date 20-08-19
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