Building a better response to climate change.
If you’re reading this, you’re probably familiar with climate change. But what you might not know is this: energy efficiency is a great way to counter climate change. And we have 17,000+ members dedicated to saving energy. These members work in many fields, including, but not limited to, energy engineering, energy management, alternative energy, power generation, energy services, and sustainable development.
Zeroing in on carbon and GhG Emmissions.
Not every building can reach a net-zero carbon footprint. However, every building can be optimized in some way. AEE members conduct carbon audits to identify and eliminate waste. This helps companies and organizations reduce their carbon footprint, which ultimately helps counteract climate change.
Energy engineers help the world protect the planet.
Our members are key collaborators between governments, businesses and communities. Across the globe, our members work with policymakers, regulators, and stakeholders to interpret trends and legal requirements, conduct audits, identify reduction opportunities, set up GHG management programs, and report carbon emissions in compliance with local and international standards. Our members also have a deep understanding of the Paris climate agreement, Kyoto Protocol, and other guidelines published by the UN, WRI, ISO, and WBCSD. It’s vital that everyone has a regulatory framework and implements these measures quickly and effectively.
Our members reduce carbon emissions in several ways. They design, construct, and operate buildings to be more energy efficient. This reduces carbon emissions and curtails climate change.
In the built environment, one focus is heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC). These systems consume large amounts of energy. Eliminating waste here is critical to a building’s overall carbon reduction.
Buildings can be equipped with on-site, renewable energy systems to cover their annual energy needs. In advanced scenarios, excess energy can power fleets of electric vehicles. Today, it’s even possible to connect multiple building systems to form Virtual Power Plants (VPP) and limit the need of fossil-fuel burning plants.
Our members promote strategies and technologies that are renewable, alternative, and sustainable. These include wind power, solar PV, geothermal, tidal, hydroelectric, and waste-to-energy alternatives.
Buildings are where energy engineers spend most of their time. Here, they audit and measure a building’s energy requirements, power quality, energy use, and how a building is used. From there, these same engineers find innovative ways to manage energy use, improve efficiency, and reduce demand. They’re also tasked with educating building owners on energy tariffs, on-site renewable options, and justification for improvements.
Understanding the economic implications of these improvements is another key. Our members work to ensure these improvements are financially viable. They work with companies, utilities, municipalities, and governments to find incentives to reconcile economic competitiveness and enable the sustainable development of buildings.
AEE is involved with assisting and developing the next generation of energy engineers. Students and young professionals that when working together, can drive change and make a difference in our future.