Taking control of gas – how to use gas data to hit net zero
Read the latest from our Managing Director, Joel Stark, where he considers the importance of taking control of your gas data and metering and how it can form part of a strategy towards lower carbon emissions.
Natural gas – it’s one of the economy’s biggest spends and the environment’s biggest problems – but how do we lower emissions and help meet the net-zero emissions by 2050 commitment?
Metering is (part) of the answer.
In 2018, natural gas accounted for 39% (880 TWh) of primary energy demand. UK gas demand is dominated by two sectors: domestic consumption and power generation, which together make up about 70% of demand; the remainder goes to industrial, commercial and other uses (UK Government 2019, Digest of UK Energy Statistics). The need to bring gas metering into the energy efficiency activities as part of the NetZero 2050 targets is apparent now more than ever.
The big question is how can we deliver action? How can we do this and curtail gas spend and recoup energy use? The opportunities lie in accounting for and minimising wasted gas.
Gas energy demand is highly seasonal and driven by the need for heating in winter, however, there remains a real opportunity to reduce and eliminate gas waste over the winter months.
Wasted gas most often occurs when:
- Boilers are left on when a building is empty.
- Boilers are working unnecessarily all year round.
- Limited visibility in gas consumption means opportunities to reduce are missed.
- Boiler controls have been overridden.
Identifying wasted gas is simple provided you have the data. To get the data you need a robust metering platform. To find opportunities to avoid wasted gas you need analytics. Being able to “see” gas consumption can help identify inefficiencies in building controls and boiler controls as well as waste consumption when the building is empty.
Empowering our customers to better manage their energy is at the very core of what we do. As an energy data and analytics company, we know a lot about how to ensure high quality data and where to find savings and what to monitor to make the savings continue.
Across over 500+ schools Stark provides gas metering, data and analytic services for, over £500,000 savings were possible just by eliminating wasted gas between Christmas Day and New Year! That is enough to justify another 25 full time teachers!
We have recently worked with Cheney School, a coeducational secondary school and sixth form with academy status, located in Headington, Oxford. Using Stark’s data and analytics Cheney School was able to identify 32% potential reductions in gas consumption from “wasted gas”, a huge cost saving and contributor to emissions goals.
Take control of your gas metering and data
We find many organisations simply do not enjoy easy access to daily gas data. This contrasts hugely with the electricity market. Where access to high quality data is a given. However, you have the power to change this. You can choose your own Gas Meter Asset Manager (MAM) and enjoy direct access to your meter data from an independent expert.
Gas MAMs are responsible for the design, installation, commission, maintenance, removal and disposal of gas meters and are well placed to ensure uninterrupted, direct access to your data. Stark’s gas MAM is the first of its kind to put the customer data needs at its heart.
We provide an end to end service from meter through data and include a powerful analytics tool in a simple bundle which you can often even pay for via your supplier’s bill.
We’re seeing more and more organisations who are frustrated at their current lack of data follow this route.
We predict that the UK’s commitment to commit to net-zero emissions by 2050 and the movement to a low-carbon energy system will see greater opportunities within the gas sector. Accurate monitoring and analysis of consumption coupled with the empowerment of gas MAMs will be part of this journey to emission reduction.