The latest source of sustainable energy

The UK Living Environmental Systems Division (LES) of Mitsubishi Electric is calling for a radical change to the way we heat and cool our commercial and residential buildings with the introduction of a10-point action plan which will contribute to the reduction of over three million tonnes of CO2 emissions a year by 2016. Much of the Company’s plans centre around the utilisation of untapped heat energy that exists in the air all around us, and the wider use of cool outside air to reduce the need for air conditioning.
Commercial Director Donald Daw met with Politicians at the House of Commons on the 6 June, to launch the Company’s Green Gateway Initiative. The plan includes technological developments and new thinking combined with simple behavioural changes such as better maintenance regimes or not using the thermostat as an on/off button. All of the initiatives are focused on creating a significant impact on CO2 reduction in the UK’s buildings by reducing energy consumption and the energy bills of both consumers and businesses.

“One of the easiest ways of achieving a significant reduction in CO2 emissions would be through the greater use of heat pump technology which extracts free energy from the surrounding air,” explained Donald Daw. “The energy in the air that surrounds us is a key sustainable resource that doesn’t currently factor into people’s thinking.

“We need to focus on promoting heat pumps as they are a big solution to the global warming issues we all face today. This technology is already well known in the air conditioning market and is used for heating in countries such as France and Sweden.

“With a conventional gas boiler, one kilowatt of energy consumed by the boiler delivers less than one kilowatt of heat to a building. With a typical heat pump, one kilowatt of energy delivers a heat output in excess of 3 kilowatts – that’s a 300% increase in energy efficiency – and that is set to grow as the technology develops.”

As the UK’s gas reserves decline, the economic and political future of importing gas from around the globe comes into sharp focus and our reliance upon fossil fuels continues to be questioned.

“The optimisation of grid electricity is key to the future of any sustainable energy policy whether the primary source is from fossil fuel, nuclear or renewables such as wind or tide. If we can make better use of this electricity, then we reduce CO2 emissions and can be less dependent on imported energy.

“By 2016, we estimate that the country could save over three million tonnes of CO2 per year through the adoption of new ‘air source’ technologies and improved practices – that’s the equivalent of taking more than 830,000 cars off the UK’s roads.”

“We estimate that businesses will be saving nearly 500,000 tonnes of CO2 a year by 2016 if they are encouraged to quickly phase out old cooling equipment and introduce modern technology,” explained Daw. “That’s not only good for the environment, but it will also make a big impact on the energy bills of individual companies.”

Mitsubishi Electric LES’ Green Gateway Initiative is primed for the low carbon generation – asserting that every company’s responsibility is to its stakeholders. Stakeholders include the individuals that purchase goods and services from companies and the fellow citizens that are both directly and indirectly affected by those purchasing choices.

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