Eric Morel is a worldwide recognised expert of energy transition and digitalisation. In the past, he has served as VP Corporate Business Strategy and VP Global Smart Grids and Energy Efficiency at Schneider Electric as well as CEO of Ilevo, a telecommunication start-up. He is a founding member and a former Board member of the Gridwise Alliance, the main professional private/public association dedicated to Smart Energy.
Among the energy efficiency actions carried out on industrial processes, those involving the replacement of machinery or machine components, for example motors that consume less energy, are the most natural: their technical dimension corresponds to the culture of most industrial environments. But these actions are rarely carried out with a systemic dimension because each machine has its specialist to whom it is easy to delegate its replacement with specific objectives.
Residential buildings are often singled out as an important source of energy savings: they account for a quarter of Europe’s final energy consumption. Residential consumers, these big Boeotians of energy, are put in the front line to contribute to the necessary efforts.
The most common idea about electric vehicles, especially electric cars, is that they are an answer, if not the answer, to the need to decarbonize mobility. Most of us consider that driving an electric motor emits less CO2 than burning petroleum derivatives in a heat engine.
I often meet energy managers in the industry or the tertiary sector, convinced that energy efficiency, decreasing their energy consumption, requires high investment. With limited budgets, they do not initiate any initiative that is not imposed by law.