Biomass to make up 60 per cent of global renewables use by 2030 – report

Biomass could make up 60 per cent of the world’s renewable energy use by 2030, according to new analysis, as well as providing 20 per cent of the global primary energy supply.

A recent report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), titled Global Bioenergy Supply and Demand Projections for the Year 2030, projected that biomass use around the world could grow to 108 EJ by 2030, double the current level.

The report found that biomass use is expected to change significantly by 2030. While traditional space heating and cooking methods such as burning firewood currently account for two-thirds of global use, a shift is expected to what the report termed modern biomass consumption, including growing use in the power and transport sectors and use in combined heat and power (CHP) applications for industry.

IRENA predicts that biomass use for power and district heating could reach 36 EJ, or one-third of total use, in 2030, while use in transport applications could climb to 31 EJ, or 29 per cent of total use. Heat for industry and buildings would reach 41 EJ, of which only 6 EJ would come from traditional methods.

The report estimated 2030’s global biomass supply potential at between 97 and 147 EJ per year, with around 40 per cent (37-66 EJ) coming from agricultural waste. Of the rest, 33-39 EJ would come from energy crops and 24-43 EJ from forest residues.

Asia and Europe (including Russia) boast the largest supply potential at around 43-77 EJ per year, the report said, with Asia producing residues and wastes (15-32 EJ) and Europe producing fuel wood (0.3-13 EJ) and energy crops (7 EJ). North and South America account for 45-55 EJ per year, constituting energy crops (around 7 EJ) and fuel wood (3 EJ) in North America, and energy crops in South America (16 EJ).

UN: more efficient equipment could save $350bn a year


A new UN initiative to effect a worldwide shift to energy efficient appliances and equipment could save $350bn a year and slash emissions by 1.25 billion tonnes.

The newly launched Efficient Appliances and Equipment Partnership is intended to promote the role of more efficient lighting, air conditioners, refrigerators, electric motors, ceiling fans, and distribution transformers, which could reduce global electricity consumption by 10 per cent if adopted across the planet.

Unveiled by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) yesterday, the public-private partnership also includes manufacturers, utilities, NGOs, and intergovernmental organisations, including the United Nations Development Programme, the International Copper Association, and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

It aims to provide tailored assistance to governments for the development and implementation of national and regional strategies that facilitate the permanent transition to energy-efficient products.

Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director, said the launch is a step forward towards a “greener energy path” across the world.

“The shift to energy efficiency has become an imperative in today’s world where the demand for energy continues to grow. The current fossil fuel-heavy energy system challenges global climate change mitigation efforts,” he added. “Fortunately, energy-efficient technologies, the know-how and policy frameworks required to reduce CO2 emission levels to a level consistent with the 2°C target are available and ready for deployment. This new partnership will help implement and accelerate this process.”

The partnership builds on UNEP’s successful en.lighten initiative, a public-private partnership that counts ten countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, and 65 countries globally, as partners committed to phasing out inefficient incandescent lamps by the end of 2016.

Multical 602 Heat and Cooling Meter


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MULTICAL® 602 is an all-purpose energy calculator for heat and cooling together with almost any kind of pulsed flow sensors and with 2 or 4 wired temperature sensor pairs. Used  together with Kamstrup ultrasonic  flow sensor ULTRAFLOW®, even more advanced functions are available. On account of its pinpoint accuracy the  meter registers precise consumption throughout the whole lifetime of the meter.

The meter is maintenance-free and has a long lifetime which guarantees minimum yearly operating costs. The meter also comes with a Modbus output allowing easy connection to an ENMAT data logger for reporting to ENMAT Cloud Energy Management Software.

MULTICAL® 602 is a thermal energy meter with many applications. In addition to being a precise and reliable heat  meter for battery or mains operation, MULTICAL® 602 is also used for:

  • Cooling measurement in water-based systems
  • Bifunctional heat/cooling measurements in separate registers
  • Leak surveillance of hot and cold-water installations
  • Power and flow limiter with valve control
  • Data logger
  • Data communication
  • Energy measurement using ENMAT Energy Management Software

Gas Data Logger




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The ENMAT Lite Data Logger is a small but powerfulEthernet Data Logger unit supporting pulse outputs for a total of 3x meters. The unit support various energy types such as Electricity, Gas and Water simultaneously. 

Using the pulse output of a gas meter the ENMAT Lite Data Logger stores consumption information in either Meter Cubed or Cubic Feet. This depends on whether the meter is imperial or metric.

If the meter has ‘feet’ or ‘ft3′ written on it is is imperial. If it has ‘metres’ or ‘m3′ then it is metric.

ENMAT cloud based Energy Monitoring Software converts the raw units (either ft3 or m3) to Kilowatt Hours (kWh). This is how your energy supplier should bill you. 

Monitoring your Gas Meters is an important step to managing its energy usage. “You cannot manage what you do no measure”. Combining the Gas consumption data with other driving factors, such asdegree days and or production really aids energy managers in understanding gas energy usage across a single and or multiple sites. 

The ENMAT Lite Data Loggerr has a built in SMTP Email Server to send a daily report of 30 minute readings to ENMAT cloud based Energy Monitoring Software via  a CSV file which is emailed once daily.

The logger also has simple built in web pages. For a live demo of the built in web pages please click here. Alternatively, powerful cloud based Energy Monitoring Software is available with this logger. For more information on ENMAT Cloud Based Energy Monitoring Software please click here

Time Synchronisation with a built in battery which allows  the data logger to synchronise via SNTP to a time server to keep it in sync.

ENMAT has a wide range of Gas Monitoring Software Charts to provide powerful reporting tools on your gas usage. Whether your gas meters are recording kWh, Meter Cubed, or Cubic Feet ENMAT will record the gas usage accordingly and can even convert measurements into kWh.

Examples of the types of powerful charts ENMAT can generate include:

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Energy Managers must respond to ESOS sooner rather than later

Energy Managers must respond to ESOS sooner rather than later if they are to comply with the mandatory Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme.

ESOS (The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme) is a mandatory energy assessment and energy saving identification scheme for large undertakings and their corporate groups.

Envantage are recommending companies affected by this scheme should consider investing now before the 5th December 2015 deadline.

What must we do?

A brief overview:

  1. Measure total energy consumption across:
  2. Buildings,
  3. Transport- Freight and business travel in company and employees vehicles
  4. Industrial activities.
  5. Conduct energy audits to identify cost-effective energy efficiency recommendations.
  6. Report compliance to the Environment Agency by 5th December 2015

Before notification to the Environment Agency, the ESOS assessment must be conducted or reviewed by a lead assessor and reviewed by a board level director.

Envantage have a wide range of solutions to help energy managers achieve the requirements for ESOS.


Please contact Envantage to discuss compliance in more detail. 

Measuring total energy consumption – Envantage remove the time consuming burden for Energy Managers collecting meter readings from many Electrical, Gas and Water supplies by implementing the Envantage ENMAT (Energy Monitoring and Targeting) solution. ENMAT is a web based, energy monitoring system presenting automated energy related data into meaningful charts and graphs. ENMAT not only reports on energy consumption, powerful alert triggers warn energy managers of consumption deviation, such as excess usage or consumption much lower than the defined baseline. Energy Targets can be implemented ensuring that Energy Managers can manage what they measure.

A range of Smart Metering and Data Logging hardware is also available.

In a survey conducted by the National Energy Foundation in partnership with the British Institute of Facilities Management at the end of 2013, the findings suggested that ‘metering and monitoring tools to help improve the use of energy are still not widely used’.

The Carbon Trust reports that large businesses have the ability to save 15% on energy bills through increased efficiency and it is ‘not uncommon’ to see this figure rise to 25%

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The World’s top 5 Most Energy-Efficient Cities


Over the years, building a sustainable planet has become more and more important with countries all over the world actively joining the fight to combat climate change and build an environmentally friendly future for us all. As sustainability has become a priority certain cities have excelled in being green.

1. Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik in Iceland has taken the top spot, and rightly so as it’s a city completely powered by renewable energy.Along with the rest of Iceland, Reykjavik relies on renewable hydropower and geothermal plants to provide all of the heat, electricity and hot water for its more than 120,000 citizens. The plan for Reykjavik is for the city to be completely independent by 2050, having no reliance on fossil fuels at all.

2. San Francisco, California

San Francisco has been at the forefront of sustainable living for many years, in 2007 it became the first US city to ban the use of plastic bags, this has saved over 100 million bags from being thrown into landfill each year. It topped the charts in the 2013 American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economycity scorecard.

3. Malmö, Sweden

Most of Sweden’s energy already comes from nuclear power and the country has reduced its consumption of fossil fuels by 25 percent from 2008 to 2012.The Western Harbour in Malmö is completely powered by renewable energy from the sun, wind, hydropower and biofuels.

4. Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver has high hopes that it will become the world’s greenest city by 2020. While that may seem like a big accomplishment in a fairly small amount of time, the city is well on its way. Hydroelectric power already accounts for 90 percent of the city’s energy supply, while the other 10 percent includes renewables like wind, solar and wave power.

5. Portland, Ore

Portland has an excellent reputation in terms of its commuters with over 25% of its workforce either travelling by public transport, bicycles or carpooling.

Automatic Monitoring and Targeting




Automatic Monitoring and Targeting (AMT) is an energy efficiency technique. Based on the principle that ‘you cannot manage what you cannot measure’, Automatic Monitoring and Targeting (AMT)  techniques assist Energy Managers to:

  • understand their energy usage
  • benchmark consumption and set targets
  • make decisions regarding operating practices

The purpose of Automatic Monitoring and Targeting (AMT)  is to relate your energy consumption data to the appropriate energy drivers, e.g. weather, production figures, in such a way that you get a better understanding of how energy is being used. In particular, it will identify if there are signs of avoidable waste or other opportunities to reduce consumption.

Data collection may be manual, automated, or a mixture of the two. To be effective in the long term, once an Automatic Monitoring and Targeting (AMT)  scheme has been set up, its routine operation must be neither time consuming or complex. An Automatic Monitoring and Targeting (AMT)  scheme will provide essential underpinning for current energy management activities and suggest new opportunities.

The type, location and design of the meters and sensors will play a huge part in the implementation ofAutomatic Monitoring and Targeting (AMT) recommendations. Care should be taken when deciding the position and type of meter used to ensure that energy drivers can be accurately identified for individual departments, production lines and major individual energy consuming plant.

Automatic Monitoring and Targeting (AMT) Purpose

The system foundation of Automatic Monitoring and Targeting (AMT)  lies in determining the normal relationships of energy consumptions to relevant driving factors (production throughputs, weather, available daylight, etc.) and the goal is to help business managers:

  • Identify and explain excessive energy use
  • Detect instances when consumption is unexpectedly lower than would usually have been the case
  • Draw energy consumption trends (weekly, seasonal, operational…)
  • Determine future energy use when planning changes in the business
  • Diagnose specific areas of wasted energy
  • Observe how the business reacted to changes in the past
  • Develop performance targets for energy management programs
  • Manage their energy consumption, rather than accept it as a fixed cost that they have no control over.

Automatic Monitoring and Targeting (AMT) Goal

The ultimate goal is to reduce energy costs through improved energy efficiency and energy management control. Other benefits will include increased resource efficiency, improved production budgeting and reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.