Integrated approach making business parks more sustainable
Together with Spectral and J-OB, Greenchoice has taken the initiative to make business parks sustainable as an integral whole. Through smart coordination of the self-generation and consumption of energy, also known as flex control, added value is created and CO2 emissions are avoided. In so doing, they are making an important contribution to speeding up energy transition.
The structure of business parks lends itself to large-scale energy generation and sustainability. The businesses form a closed network on the site and there are sufficient resources available to expedite the move towards sustainability. These features make it interesting to monitor and gain an understanding of energy flows, as a whole and and in detail, in order to investigate where energy savings and smarter coordination are possible.
Smart use of private energy generation
In business parks electricity is usually generated using solar panels. By consuming the electricity when it is first generated, you increase your return on the solar panels and prevent CO2 emissions elsewhere. ‘An efficient process by which the power is not first fed back into the grid, only to be taken off again at a later date,’ explains Bastiaan de Boer, project manager at Greenchoice. ‘This rules out purchasing electricity generated from fossil fuels. Furthermore, you do not pay tax on electricity obtained from your own panels.’
Business parks are given a step-by-step plan for implementing a flexible sustainability process. ‘Each step results in fewer CO2 emissions and lower costs for the business park as a whole,’ says Bastiaan. ‘And thanks to Stedin's involvement, this has also resulted in a reduced load on the electricity grid.’ The ultimate goal is to be as self-sufficient and sustainable as possible.
A standardised package of measures
‘We continuously monitor developments in the market.’ Additional measures can then be implemented directly, once it is possible to apply them cost-effectively. ‘As part of the process at participating business parks, we learn about the replicability of all applications, and can then translate this into a standard,’ says Bastiaan. ‘In this way, the measures can be applied to all business parks.’ However, some measures remain customised. ‘We expect to add a number of applications to the standard package, such as the exchange of energy and applications for storage and electric transport. With our own storage, for example, it will also be possible to trade the electricity generated on different energy markets.’
Great social impact
Sustainability is high on the agenda in Rotterdam. There is a concrete demand in the Climate Agreement to get moving with business parks. There are also opportunities for having a social impact. ‘For the implementation process we engage local companies to install solar panels and put in smart meters. That is good for employment.’ Greenchoice also seeks to develop collaborative projects to increase the societal benefits of the project. Part of the energy generated by the business park will soon be reserved for local residents, where this is possible. ‘For example, people whose own roof is not suited can also use sustainable electricity generated nearby. We even offer arrangements where the participants are not required to make their own contributions.’