Getting the balance right
Urbanization - especially in developing economies – is expected to rise by some 1.5 billion people over the next 20 years. This pressures our infrastructure to support many more people and their added consumption without increasing environmental impact. That means industrial plants and residential and commercial buildings such as hospitals, schools, offices, and shopping centers must use resources as efficiently as possible.
This is a difficult challenge for older, inefficient buildings, and for modern buildings whose air conditioning, lighting and technology equipment are more energy intensive. Buildings today use around 40 percent of the energy consumed in most countries. ABB technologies can help measure and monitor energy use, automate buildings, control lighting, and improve the energy efficiency of heating and ventilation, which can reduce consumption by as much as 60 percent.