Low Cost Decarbonization: An Owner's Experience
Facility owners implement new energy management technologies to lower energy use, reduce operating costs, and meet decarbonization objectives. Because energy consumption is the driver for Scope 1 and Scope 2 carbon emissions, energy efficiency efforts help decarbonize facility portfolios. However, the experiences of facility owners may not reflect the promised benefits of many technology projects. Reasons include questionable design practices, improper construction workmanship, lax project management, and a lack of fit of technology solutions with the owner’s personnel and operating processes.
This presentation shares the experience of the Peel District School Board, Canada’s second largest, which operates a portfolio of 270 facilities with 20.5 million ft2 (1.90 m2). The school board obtained an annual utilities performance of $1.05/ft2 and 1.88 kg CO2/ft2 (a 44% reduction). The total savings was $33 million and 156,000 metric tonnes of CO2e.
Shahid Naeem, P.Eng. MBA, is the Manager, Energy and Sustainability at Peel District School Board and a blog writer for AEE Toronto Chapter. Shahid has managed $225 million of facilities operating budgets and $ 100 million in capital projects with a ROI of 20%. Shahid was Energy Engineer of the Year for Region 6 (Canada & Midwest USA) for the American Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) in 2013. He’s a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.), and holds master’s degrees in engineering (M.Eng.) and business (MBA).