Understanding Energy Conservation

Welcome to Kenson Carbon Net Zero Capability Portfolio (KCNZCP)!

KCNZCP is a company-wide initiative to share information and practice to which will develop our capability in achieving Carbon Net Zero targets. There is a global acceptance to achieve Carbon Net Zero by 2030 and we intend to be an active participator in achieving this objective. KCNZCP is also consistent with the strategic direction of many of our clients and we intend to remain aligned with their Carbon Net Zero goals.

As we move forward under this initiative, we will embark on several informational and educational activities, for both our employees and members of the general public, so that they can improve their knowledge and understanding in this area. We will also undertake several relevant projects that will involve our staff and showcase their knowledge.

Throughout this site, we have included summaries and scholarly papers on several topics related to Carbon Net Zero. This is to give you, our visitors, broad overviews of each topic and hopefully encourage you to actively pursue more information on all things Carbon Net Zero.

We hope you enjoy our site and look forward to your participation and feedback.

To get in touch with a KCNZCP representative, please send an email to kcnz@kenson.co.tt

Kenson Carbon Net Zero Capability Portfolio (KCNZCP)

Energy Conservation

A simple solution to reduce the unnecessary demand for fossil fuels is implementing Energy Conservation. Energy Conservation can be defined as the process of achieving the same work output utilizing methods that require less energy.

The top 5 ways of implementing energy conservation in office spaces or homes are:

  • Lighting: encourage good conservation practice of turning lights off when leaving a room. Exchange inefficient incandescent bulbs for more efficient LEDs. Install motion-triggered lights
  • Heating or Cooling spaces: ensure all air-conditioned rooms are properly sealed off so not to put strain on the units. Put in door sweeps on all doors to minimize leakage.
  • Temperature Control: Set thermostats to 20 to 25 degrees Celsius for occupied hours and above 26 for unoccupied hours.
  • Office Equipment: replace any inefficient equipment in your home or office with more efficient ones.
  • Awareness: encourage employees or family members to understand the concern for global warming and instill the importance of implementing these conservation practices

The positive results of implementation of simple energy conservation practices have been exemplified in the literature. One example of this has been demonstrated in the KCG College of Technology, Chennai in India where conservation methods were introduced to aid in reducing the school’s annual electricity tariff. The school began by replacing their antiquated ceiling fans and lighting with higher efficiency rating models according to the Bureau of Energy Efficiency. The older equipment had an annual energy usage of 2059.3kWh while the newer ones only used 1235.2kWh. Further savings of 222kWh were achieved by installing a sensor-based switching system which ensured appliances only remained on while needed. In total, these energy savings amounted to roughly 1000kWh per annum or a 55.3% reduction to their annual electricity tariff.

It is evident that energy conservation is an essential first step in combatting climate change and achieving carbon neutrality. The Kenson Group echoes the importance of this statement and recognizes our duty to contribute to the global efforts proposed by the Paris Agreement. As such, we have sought to be leaders in energy conservation and earnestly encourage others to do the same by following the below template in one’s own business or home.

  1. Begin with Education: Awareness is the first step in achieving Energy Conservation as getting people to understand the importance of it and need for it sets a fantastic foundation for the next few steps.
  2. Start Small: Focus on the smaller things first such as turning off lights, computers and air conditioning once leaving a room and fixing all leaks whether it be piping leaks or air leaks in an Air-conditioned room.
  3. Conduct an Energy Audit: Get an audit done on your building. This will provide you with the relevant information on your energy usage.
  4. Change out inefficient equipment with more efficient ones: Once the audit is done you will be able to see where you can cut down on your energy use. Replacing incandescent bulbs with LEDs and replacing older equipment with newer more efficient ones is a great place to start.

By following these steps, you will be doing your part in contributing to the movement to carbon neutrality and thereby combating climate change.

June 30, 2021

Schlumberger Aims for Net-Zero GHG Emissions by 2050

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June 30, 2021

NGC Partners with UTT on Climate Change

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June 30, 2021

Renewable Power Generation Costs Lower in 2020

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June 22, 2021

Bidders Flock to Norway’s First Offshore Wind Tender

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June 22, 2021

Update on T&T’s NDC

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June 10, 2021

Court Orders Shell to cut emissions

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June 4, 2021

Direct emissions from three Stabroek Block projects equivalent to burning over 260,000 hectares of Guyana’s forests

The Kaieteur News of Jun 2nd, 2021 reports on a constitutional case filed in the Guyanese courts against ExxonMobil oil and gas projects, which purports that 90 million tonnes of greenhouse gases will be emitted directly from the three projects Liza 1, Liza 2 and Payara. This does not include the carbon dioxide that would be emitted when the oil and gas is eventually used in transportation fuels and other applications.
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June 2, 2021

Some Good News on the Climate Front by Gwynne Dyer

A well put together article that gives an update on recent court rulings, on actions taken by the ‘common man’ against the oil giants with positive results. The courts ruling that the companies must reduce their carbon emissions is in alignment with the Paris accord that requires a 45 percent reduction in emissions by 2030 to keep the average global temperature increase below the 1.5 deg C.
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