This blog is co-authored by Sophia Filipe, Country Digitalization Program Manager, and the Cisco Country Digital Acceleration Program. This is the first in a series of blogs about the behind the scenes sustainability projects we’re working on and the impact we’re making through her Country Digital Acceleration (CDA) program at Cisco. .
Over the past year, the Country Digital Acceleration (CDA) team has been working to develop sustainability pilots and projects around the world as sustainability has become more important to Cisco and our customers. A significant portion of the countries in which Cisco operates have established net zero target laws and policies. As a result, Cisco continues to invest in such projects, increasing their urgency. A swift and efficient transition to a decarbonized economy is not only the best thing for the planet, it offers a once-in-a-lifetime business opportunity.
The shift to hybrid work models during and after the pandemic has increased the urgency of sustainable facility architecture. With a hybrid work model, many companies have determined that building and construction emissions account for 37% of global greenhouse gases (GHG). 2021 Buildings & Construction Global Status ReportThis data has led many architects to rethink and transform traditional architecture towards more sustainable approaches when considering energy use.
Learn more from Jeremy Witticko, Global Leader in Hybrid Work and Sustainable Real Estate at Cisco, on how you can reduce your carbon footprint through sustainable real estate. Responsible real estate categorizes energy use in three ways: consumption, generation and convergence.
responsible energy consumption
Cisco products like Webex endpoints and Power over Ethernet (PoE) architecture play a key role in replacing traditional energy consumption with more efficient tools. Most systems in buildings run on low-voltage DC power, but city energy grids provide high-voltage AC power. As a result, all sensors, controllers and lighting fixtures in the building must convert their power from high voltage to low voltage. This process is currently inefficient.
By leveraging Cisco PoE to replace legacy systems, power can be more efficiently converted and pushed to hundreds of IoT systems. For example, in New York cisco pen 1 Buildings optimize internal HVAC systems by leveraging Webex endpoints to replace third-party occupancy sensors.
“Traditional buildings have one occupancy sensor. Whether the room is occupied by one person or 30 people, the sensor considers the room to be ‘occupied. ” explains Jeremy. Even if there are only two people in the room, there should be enough air to cool them down. ”
With more nuanced occupancy and environmental sensing capabilities, Webex endpoints can report the actual number of people in a particular room and the actual air quality to the HVAC system to optimize the air delivered to the room . Using a converged system that communicates these critical details, Cisco technology helps reduce the emissions your property generates and lowers your consumption costs.
Cisco’s Meraki MT sensors monitor temperature and humidity, automating insights to automatically improve energy consumption.according to 2022 Forrester Analysis, Meraki MT customers reduced energy consumption by an average of 27% in data centers and 26% in ventilated network rooms. This makes it clear that Cisco technology can digitize consumption processes and distribute energy safely and efficiently throughout a building.
Smarter energy generation
Investing in Cisco CDA American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)The Cisco team converted the training room at ASHRAE headquarters to solar power generated from the glass in the conference room using PoE architecture. Energy captured within the solar panels of these thin windows is converted to direct current (DC) flowing to and from the Cisco PoE switches that power the building, reducing the building’s core power needs from the grid.
Looking for the most energy efficient tools, technologies and partners, Jeremy and the team are exploring new wind solutions for smarter energy generation.
“What can you always count on in a downtown skyscraper?” Jeremy asks. “There is a lot of wind in every corner of the building. My job is to harness the power of the wind turbines to power his IDF closet in the building so he can run the system on the same floor. Ask if you can find a partner.”
This kind of innovative thinking and collaborative curiosity is essential to net zero greenhouse gas emissions.
strategic energy convergence
Beyond production and consumption, Jeremy says the other secret ingredient in carbon reduction is convergence, Or building system integration and automation. He illustrates the power of his approach to systems through his home system experiments.
“I took the exhaust from the water heater and plugged it into the air intake and into the central air furnace. Though this experiment might push the boundaries of the building code; , it gives us super cold air and it pushes back into me…the central air system,” he explains. “So my heat pump is running low because it uses the cold air produced by heating the water to cool the rest of the house.”
Jeremy always asks, “Where can we apply similar ideas to the build environment?”
By understanding the interoperability of building systems, you can optimize energy and achieve sustainable results at scale. Back in his Penn1, his Smart Buildings Studio at Cisco, the team his leader Bob Cicero has integrated lighting, shades, blinds, HVAC, etc. into his PoE to share data and make significant progress. We have a strategy to drive energy savings. For example, sensors in the ceiling measure the amount of light and heat entering through windows and automatically adjust shades to reduce heat entering the space while maintaining the right amount of light. good health and safety standards.
Creative thinking is essential to bring the world closer to net zero and mitigate the worst impacts of climate change. We recognize that on this journey, we must work with our partners to co-create powerful solutions. One of the ways Cisco is helping customers transition to more sustainable real estate is through Cisco’s Green Pay ProgramWith a 5% incentive and 5-year predictable payment for Cisco hardware, customers can retrofit and replace older power-hungry technology with new Cisco technology. The program offers free product returns accompanied by a certificate confirming access to the circular economy.
We can only reach our sustainability goals by helping our customers reach their goals. Dedicated innovators such as the Hybrid Work team and the Sustainable Real Estate team keep Cisco and its partners at the leading edge of their digital and green transformation.
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