The Genius of Microgrids in Higher Education
U.S. colleges and universities have taken the lead in fighting climate change, and setting ambitious sustainability and renewable energy goals. Now, add a new challenge: the need for reliable and resilient energy. In this report, developed in partnership with Microgrid Knowledge, learn how microgrids in higher education can help flip these problems into opportunities to prepare the workforce for the emerging new energy economy, while yielding low cost, reliable and clean sources of energy.
We Are Committed to Carbon Neutrality
Applying technology with speed can accelerate positive change
Siemens was the first major industrial company to commit to becoming carbon neutral. This decision was more than just demonstrating our dedication to corporate responsibility. It allowed us to demonstrate what’s already possible utilizing today’s technologies when it comes to addressing climate change. The technology needed to rapidly reduce carbon emissions is already in the marketplace. Last year, Siemens' technology helped U.S. customers decrease CO2 emissions by 132 million metric tons—that’s more than the emissions of New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago combined.
Blue Lake Rancheria: The global COVID-19 pandemic is presenting a whole new challenge and uncharted territory for the Blue Lake Rancheria reservation. However, extreme situations are nothing new for them. Throughout the wildfires in 2019, the reservation opened its doors, providing a haven for those in need. Lives were saved because it made room in its hotel for medical patients dependent on equipment that uses electricity. When public safety power shutoffs left the surrounding community in darkness, Blue Lake Rancheria’s systems were up and running, thanks to their own power supply, connected to a microgrid. Learn more.
An Action Plan for a Decarbonized Future
Buildings account for nearly 40 percent of energy-related CO2 emissions annually. That’s a major climate impact that can be controlled right now. Utilizing Siemens technologies, buildings can be smart, safe, and carbon neutral and capable of capitalizing on data to meet sustainability and efficiency targets.
The ability of comprehensive energy-management systems to set key performance metrics for resilience, efficiency, and new technologies can accelerate the pace of investment in clean-energy projects.
Environmental Innovation at Work
Onsite power systems, like microgrids, are ready and able to be the backbone for a new, decentralized model of power delivery. These systems will prepare grid networks for unpredictable spikes in demand. Siemens envisions large consumers of power using these onsite power systems to supplement the connection to the utility grid. They’ll be able to insulate their services from outages and serve as a local grid resource as needed.
The smart way to take control of your energy future
In the wake of an energy system change – from a system of centralized large-scale power generation to an increasingly distributed, decarbonized and digitally-enabled landscape—significant new opportunities arise:
Environmental Innovation at Work
The past decade has seen the introduction of 1 million electric vehicles to U.S. roads; 20 million more are forecasted to be added in the next decade. After renewable generation, electrification of transportation—what we call e-Mobility—stands out as the most promising opportunity to reduce global carbon emissions.
America’s air pollution levels have dramatically improved over the past four decades, but millions of Americans still breathe unhealthy air due to traffic-related pollution and/or poor indoor air quality management. Learn about the technologies, services, and solutions available to help businesses and cities improve air quality.
Our Environmental Action Plan
We have a responsibility to combat climate change. Siemens was the first global industrial company to commit to carbon neutrality by 2030 and we will halve our emissions by the end of 2020. We drive transformational change by anchoring sustainable behaviors across the organization and by implementing innovative solutions to improve the environmental impact of our facilities, fleet and energy procurement.
- Ongoing decarbonization of our facilities and adoption of electric fleet vehicles
- Development of innovative solutions, services and financing options to accelerate our customers’ decarbonization and electrical fleet adoption strategies
- Teaming with the best suppliers in the marketplace to raise the bar on supply chain environmental leadership
Partnerships and Collaborations for Sustainability
Close collaboration with stakeholders helps us to the address complex and intertwined challenges in the environmental realm. We are proud to work with these organizations and their members to share knowledge, best practices and to help accelerate sustainable business innovation.