A survey commissioned by Honeywell on building sustainability and energy management has revealed that surveyed Middle East business leaders and decision-makers consider environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives to be a top business priority, with a focus on energy management and occupant safety and well-being.
The survey of more than 300 business leaders and decision-makers in Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt revealed that over the last two years, ESG has grown in importance within organizations, driven by an increased focus on the need for sustainability improvement, and an immediate requirement to support cost-efficiency improvements and occupational health and safety resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Businesses are turning to technology to improve energy and cost-efficiency
Key findings include:
- 89% of respondents say that environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations are important to their organization’s strategy with 84% saying that energy management and sustainability are important to their organization today
- 80% of respondents say that the importance of energy management and sustainability in their organization has increased over the last two years
- Occupant health and safety (50%) is the most commonly invested in the area of ESG
- 43% of respondents say that Covid-19 helped accelerate their organization’s energy management and sustainability initiatives, versus only 21% who say the pandemic hindered such initiatives
Technology taking center stage in ESG initiatives:
- Energy-efficient lighting, predictive maintenance software and HVAC optimization are now common areas of investment among building managers, with approximately 76% of respondents in the KSA and the UAE, and 58% in Egypt, confirming that their organization implemented air quality measures in their building during Covid-19
- 80% of respondents believe that an autonomous control or a predictive maintenance solution would improve their organization’s energy management operations
- 80% of respondents believe that digital-based solutions available today are effective in improving the energy efficiency of buildings
Honeywell’s building technologies help enable smarter buildings and building portfolio management, simplify facility operations, and increase operational and energy efficiency driving business growth. Honeywell Forge enterprise performance management software-as-a-service can drive digital transformation in buildings while reducing energy consumption and delivering operational efficiencies. For example, Honeywell Forge Energy Optimization, is a patented, cloud-based, closed-loop solution that connects to a building’s existing HVAC systems to optimize energy consumption. This closed-loop solution operates without the need for human intervention by regularly analyzing near real-time conditions data – such as weather and occupancy – with predictive, machine learning models that compute and adjust set points automatically over a facility’s entire HVAC distribution system.This solution supported the UAE’s first accredited smart-university to achieve double-digit energy savings.
Honeywell has completed more than 6,000 EPC projects, delivering more than $10billion in guaranteed energy and operational savings
With Energy Service Company (ESCO) accreditation in the UAE (Dubai, Sharjah, Abu-Dhabi, and Ras al Khaimah) and Saudi Arabia, Honeywell is licensed to provide energy services to customers in building management through Energy Service Performance Contracting (ESPC), Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) and building retrofits. Globally, Honeywell has completed more than 6,000 EPC projects, delivering more than $10billion in guaranteed energy and operational savings. “As an active ESCO in the region, we understand the challenges of driving energy efficiencies across facilities. By treating buildings as dynamic entities and deploying the right technologies, it’s possible for building owners and managers to achieve both goals of meeting their energy efficiency targets and creating a healthier indoor environment for their occupants,” said George Bou Mitri, president, Honeywell Building Technologies, Middle East, Turkey and Africa.