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Climate Neutral (Climate Neutral) CEO Austin Whitman: Committed to the transition to a low-carbon society
Climate Neutral (Climate Neutral) CEO Austin Whitman: Committed to the transition to a low-carbon society
author:Suntrans publication date:2021-12-09 views:249

It is far from enough to solve the global climate problem only by the government's actions. It requires the joint efforts of all social groups, organizations, activities, international and intergovernmental institutions and individuals.


Austin Wittman, founder and CEO of Climate Neutral, said in an interview: Climate Neutral is an independent, not-for-profit accreditation agency dedicated to accelerating the transition to a low-carbon society.


Austin Wittmann, after experiencing the first wave of the "carbon trading" bubble, discovered that some smart entrepreneurs were considering introducing "carbon offsets" into the consumer market, and he was delighted to have the opportunity to be part of such an important transition middle. In the fall of 2018, he decided to set up a non-profit organization to help all kinds of responsible companies take an active part in carbon offsetting.


Austin Wittman believes that the key to spinning the flywheel of carbon offset investment is a simple, clear and hopeful message to consumers. Because two-thirds of Americans now think the government should do more to address climate change, and three-quarters of Americans think climate change is a real problem. However, we do not have a tool that can give consumers direct participation and reference. There is an opportunity here to engage consumers in a clear and accessible way and to mobilize a significant consumption force in the U.S. economy to direct their consumption to companies and companies that are taking real action to reduce their carbon footprint. on the brand. Therefore, facing consumers is the number one factor we consider.


The second step is to make the business feel the need to be certified. Most companies want to be actively involved in addressing climate change, but they don't have the resources to do professional planning in this area. We provide them with roadmaps, schedules and reasonable budgets. To this end, we have developed a set of software to help companies quickly and accurately understand and familiarize themselves with their carbon emissions data, and help them gradually reduce their carbon footprint.

Austin Wittmann said that although the voluntary certification market is still small, we know that the size of the certification market will inevitably expand in the future. Our goal is to make the "Climate Neutral" label a "should do" and "should not do" judge. We are currently working to ensure the quality of carbon credit certification through the following 6 indicators:

1. Additionality: If no corresponding carbon offset measures are taken, carbon emissions will not be reduced

2. Verifiability: carbon emission reductions can be verified

3. Permanence: The carbon reduction must be permanent (or the duration of the carbon offset commitment)

4. Reality: The carbon offset actually occurred and was used

5. No leakage (Leakage): will not cause other adverse reactions that offset the effect of carbon compensation

6. Do no harm: Do not harm the interests of other parties in the process of carbon compensation (for example, protect the forest, but cause harm to the interests of local residents)


As a non-profit, Climate Neutral is currently raising money, such as finding foundation support. Another interesting catch is the trend of venture capital (VC) driving carbon offsets and reducing carbon footprints in their portfolios. Some partners in the venture capital circle in Europe (such as Leaders for Climate Action) have begun to explicitly require annual (or quarterly) full disclosure of climate impact-related information in investment terms signed with investee companies. Austin Wittmann hopes that Climate Neutral can become a reliable partner for VCs, so that their investment will have a real impact on carbon offset mechanisms. An ideal scenario is for an investor's entire portfolio to be certified as "Climate Neutral".

Using the market mechanism as a new way to solve the greenhouse gas emission reduction represented by carbon dioxide, despite the uncertain prospects on a global scale, a domestic and regional carbon trading market is still booming. Taking the European Union as an example, an internal carbon trading market has been formed, and its trading volume continues to grow with the maturity and liquidity of the market. At the same time, through voluntary negotiation among countries, regional markets across countries have emerged, such as transactions between the United States and other countries.


In March this year, my country has written carbon peaking and carbon neutrality into the government work report and included it in the 14th Five-Year Development Plan. In July, the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China proposed that the carbon peaking and carbon neutrality should be well coordinated and orderly, and the 2030 carbon peaking action plan should be issued as soon as possible. It can be seen that the goal of carbon peaking and carbon neutrality has become a major national strategy. It is uncertain whether to cooperate with other countries or regions in the carbon trading market in the future, but it will reshape urban production and lifestyle, promote energy, industry, transportation, construction, etc. The transformation of traditional industries to green and low-carbon is inevitable.


Building energy efficiency is critical! It determines the level of energy consumption in building operations, and renewable energy is a complement. We should be more efficient and then produce or buy less renewable energy; Buying a lot of renewable energy - this will result in a waste of social resources." This is the description of the development trend in the WRI report, where the focus and difficulty are on improving energy efficiency + consuming on-site renewable energy.



Guangzhou Suntrans Control System Engineering Equipment Co., Ltd. (abbreviation: Suntrans Intelligent Control) is a high-level industry-university-research business in the fields of "Internet + smart energy management and control", micro-grid technology, digital water conservancy, energy saving and emission reduction, new high-power ocean energy power generation and other technical fields. The integrated high-tech enterprise achieves the goal of improving energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions through "four steps" at the technical level.


The first step is to reduce the weight of the project without breaking through the existing cost and reduce emissions during the construction period. Intelligent power distribution terminal - networked load controller, which is both a switch and a relay protection device, 40ms arc-free multi-circuit power supply intelligent switching between UPS, replaces the traditional switch, adds fiber + Wifi, and builds the most simple high-performance building Networking; the intelligent control busbar-based power distribution system realizes lightweight building power distribution through busbar-based wiring, saving materials, space, installation time, and total cost.

In the second step, strong electricity is intelligent, and data is "cloud". The overall flexible intelligent power distribution system integrates measurement, protection, control, communication, and programmable digital control.


The third step is online dynamic management and control of carbon emissions: use the core AI algorithm to measure and control all power demand sides, squeeze out all ineffective energy consumption such as standby and idling, and operate to the ultimate energy saving. Mathematical model for energy saving and emission reduction, complex nonlinear distributed multi-objective artificial intelligence control system mathematical model (PDWC); AI machine learning, demand forecasting, online management and control of refined demand and high-efficiency targets; integration of "water, electricity, heat and cooling" energy consumption data , to achieve ADR according to BIPV and other green power generation quality, energy storage, etc., to achieve nearly 100% local green power consumption; intelligent management and control method: optimize the process power consumption optimization of the whole life cycle, according to the implementation of nearly 100 cases, year-on-year Energy saving can reach 20%-60%. (compared to traditional power distribution)


The fourth step, platform: "cloud" computing = precise coordination, realize lightweight and unmanned management, change the operation mode, and achieve safer, smarter, and more energy-saving. Smart terminals provide intelligent feedback to adjust minimal labor costs and high energy efficiency anytime, anywhere; IP-level transparent APP + large screen for the whole process of energy consumption status, managers can fully grasp the digital ledger of energy big data; The life of the product can be synchronized to one million times, and the abnormality of the equipment system can be predicted, predicted, and prevented, making it safer and more reliable.

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