At the end of last month, September 30th, Cisco received the International Corporate Energy Management Award from the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) for our global energy management program and our commitment to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions globally.
Ali Ahmed, who leads the Global Energy Management and Sustainability team within Workplace Resources at Cisco, was honored that Cisco received this award and very proud of the work that Cisco have done in setting aggressive targets and pursing high value projects to achieve the targets.
His Blog, summarized here, talks about:
• In 2009, Cisco met a goal we had set in 2006 to reduce business-air-travel emissions worldwide by 10 percent against a 2006 baseline
• In 2012, we met a commitment to reduce all Scope 1, 2, and business-air-travel Scope 3 GHG emissions worldwide by 25 percent against a 2007 baseline.
• In February 2013, we announced a set of five new goals related to our operational energy use and GHG emissions.
To achieve these goals, Cisco approved $57.5 million in funding for 2014 through 2017 for the creation of a program called EnergyOps.
Since we launched the EnergyOps program, we have completed or initiated 344 energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. This has reduced Cisco’s energy annual use by 105 GWh and GHG emissions cumulatively by over 1 million metric tonne of CO2e.
Examples of some of these projects include solar installations in the United States and India, numerous indoor and outdoor lighting improvements, and various types of upgrades to HVAC systems at many of our campuses, like our Shanghai location. Cisco estimates that the projects we have completed or initiated to date will save approximately US$15M annually. Read More »
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“Cisco Energy Management has given us a great deal of visibility into our energy consumption and usage patterns and has shown us that energy management can be done easily and seamlessly to deliver a significant return on investment in both reducing our carbon footprint and cutting costs.”
Hammond School District Energy Manager
Technology fascinates me for a host of reasons. It improves lives and makes businesses more productive and efficient. It literally touches every facet of our lives, as does energy. In fact, the convergence of technology and energy is proving to be a pathway to smart and sustainable environments. The key is getting past the challenges.
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On September 30, 2015, Cisco received the International Corporate Energy Management Award from the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) for our global energy management program and our commitment to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions globally. We are very honored to receive this award and very proud of the work that we have done in setting aggressive targets and pursing high value projects to achieve the targets.
Cisco has set and achieved a series of environmental sustainability goals. In 2009, Cisco met a goal we had set in 2006 to reduce business-air-travel emissions worldwide by 10 percent against a 2006 baseline. In 2012, we met a commitment to reduce all Scope 1, 2, and business-air-travel Scope 3 GHG emissions worldwide by 25 percent against a 2007 baseline. In February 2013, we announced a set of five new goals related to our operational energy use and GHG emissions. To achieve these goals, we approved $57.5 million in funding for 2014 through 2017 for the creation of a program called EnergyOps. The EnergyOps team is comprised of energy and sustainability professionals who identify and implement energy efficiency and renewable energy projects throughout our global real estate portfolio working with local facilities teams, engineers and project managers. Many of the EnergyOps team members are Certified Energy Managers through AEE.
Solar PV array on top of Cisco’s data center in Allen, TX
Since we launched the EnergyOps program, we have completed or initiated 344 energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. This has reduced Cisco’s energy annual use by 105 GWh and GHG emissions cumulatively by over 1 million metric tonne of CO2e. Examples of some of these projects include solar installations in the United States and India, numerous indoor and outdoor lighting improvements, and various types of upgrades to HVAC systems at many of our campuses, like our Shanghai location.
The multi-year EnergyOps program is not only helping us achieve our energy saving goals, but also manage operational expense, reduce exposure to fluctuating energy prices, and reinforce our commitment to being environmentally responsible. We estimate that the projects we have completed or initiated to date will save approximately US$15M annually.
The AEE Awards are presented annually at the World Energy Engineering Congress to energy companies and professionals who have achieved international, national, regional, or local prominence in their fields.
Please read more about Cisco’s commitment to reducing GHG emissions at csr.cisco.com.
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“The future of many companies will depend on their willingness and ability to rethink their supply chains, to experiment with new processes and uses for data from Internet-connected objects that may change supply chains at their foundations.”
John Kern, Senior Vice President of Cisco Supply Chain
As quoted in the Wall Street Journal
We often hear the terms Internet of Things (IoT) and Internet of Everything (IoE) or digitization. They have many definitions, but to me it’s fairly simple. IoT is about the instrumentation of discrete systems that “connect the unconnected” and pull data from devices that were previously unattainable or required physical proximity. On the other hand, digitization is really the innovation that occurs when you take these new connected systems and the information they provide and mash them together in previously impossible ways. One of the industries this is happening faster in than most is the manufacturing sector.
Over the last year Cisco’s supply chain organization and Flextronics launched a pilot program in Penang (Malaysia ) to explore the “Factory of the Future“ and its possible benefits. One of the priorities was to monitor energy consumption of the many diverse devices on the manufacturing lines as a means to better understand how energy was being used on Flextronics’ plant floor and what could be done to reduce its use and cost to the company.
This portion of the project was led by the Cisco Energy Management Team and it is estimated to save 20%-30% in energy usage, reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the supply chain, and expand the Cisco Energy Management solution from our IT roots into the IoT domain.
How it Works
Our energy management solution is a cloud-based software and analytics package that measures, monitors, and manages the energy consumption of any connected device. In the Flextronics instance it also required the deployment of sub meters located on the manufacturing shop floor.
Information from the devices is collected, displayed on a robust reporting visualization engine, and analyzed allowing for continued data monitoring, modeling of efficiency improvements, and automated system alerting. This level of sophistication enables automatic energy optimization using highly intelligent device control and management policies such as hibernating or gracefully powering off end devices. Additionally, the solution provides visibility into:
- Power usage (baselines and trends)
- Power analytics and device management to reduce consumption by changing behavior
- Carbon emissions and reduction reporting
- Utility bill analysis and many other data points
Optimization: Going Beyond Reduced Energy Consumption
Imagine having the visibility and agility to adjust the timing of runs to limit cost based on electricity and nitrogen gas costs during temperature testing. This energy information can be measured and visualized in manufacturing terms such as: areas of the factory (test, assembly), types of equipment (temperature chambers, chillers), and specialized views such as heaters, compressors, blowers and nitrogen gas flow.
Adding a data virtualization layer along with the Cisco Energy Management software suite, brings together a complete energy picture that includes IT devices, Operation Technology devices and IoT sensor data into a single enterprise-wide energy focused view. This delivers an extensive ROI model based not only on energy costs but data driven opportunities to improve operational workflows that help to cut costs.
Where We Are Today?
To date, we have nearly 1,300 devices instrumented to monitor energy data on Flextronics’ (Penang) assembly and test floors, its equipment (temperature chambers, chillers, heaters, and compressors), and on the specialized energy use of nitrogen flow.
We are in the final stages of correlating the many data sources such as device energy, shop floor equipment test schedules and the manufacturing production and test databases to determine all the ROI opportunities available for decreasing energy costs from the manufacturing business.
We believe this initiative will help manufacturing supply chains greatly reduce their energy consumption and save tens of millions of dollars in the process. With Flextronics Penang alone, conservative estimates show the company saving $85,000 a month or just over $1M a year in USD.
Whether it’s the manufacturing floor, institutions of education, or smart cities, our goal is to find new ways to connect the unconnected for the benefit of all. The Internet of Things (IOT) is the engine to make it happen and cutting-edge innovation will lead the way.
What does the future look like? Only time will tell but it is clear IoT opens the door to a world of limitless possibilities and innovation will continue to prove supreme in this virtual kingdom.
What are your thoughts and questions about instrumenting the factory floor as a means to reduce energy consumption? Leave your comments below.
Cisco Energy Management Suite At-A-Glance
In Malaysia, Cisco Systems trials plant fully wired to Internet (article)
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What’s new and trending for the industry? Well, predictions for the upcoming year as a motif is certainly not new but is definitely trending, considering the deluge of pundits concentrating their well-informed thoughts about which industry happenings will emerge through hyperbole and into reality. Amongst go-to industry resources I find myself perusing is LNS Research, who has chosen to break down their Top Three 2015 predictions by industry trend/topic: Industrial IoT; Industrial Energy Management; Environmental Health and Safety; and Asset Performance Management.
Another annual favorite that I’ve blogged about in the past—including commentary on Cisco relevance—is IDC Manufacturing Insights, who this year took on a refreshing, new format entitled IDC Futurescape: Worldwide Manufacturing 2015 Predictions. The team of IDC manufacturing practice analysts quantify and qualify their ten most critical imperatives to be addressed by global manufacturers in 2015 and beyond—based on the coalescence of technology and line of business interests—including a few that are very pertinent to Cisco’s Internet of Everything (IoE) initiatives:
- In 2015, customer centricity requires higher standards for customer service excellence, efficient innovation, and responsive manufacturing, which motivates 75% of manufacturers to invest in customer-facing technologies.
- By 2016, 70% of global discrete manufacturers will offer connected products, driving increased software content and the need for systems engineering and a product innovation platform.
- By 2018, 40% of Top 100 discrete manufacturers and 20% of Top 100 process manufacturers will provide Product-as-a-Service platforms.
- In 2015, 65% of companies with more than 10 plants will enable the factory floor to make better decisions through investments in operational intelligence.
Before the analyst predictions pushed their way onto my laptop screen, I was asked by Cisco’s press relations team to put forward my top 3 for the industry. So on All Saints Day, before heading out on weeks of travel to China, India, and several of the United States outside my home residence, I produced three ideas that didn’t make it to our PR megaphone. As part of this blog, I’ve decided to share these three predictions, with some relevant observations from my Nov-Dec travels and customer interactions …
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