How Solar PV panels and EV chargers can contribute to carbon emission reductions

20 May 2024

Reducing carbon emissions is a big focus for Mastertech in an ongoing commitment to working sustainably and responsibly. 

In 2022, Ireland was responsible for over 60 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions, a figure that is above the emissions limits target set by the EU. 

As part of our commitment to environmental, social and governance activities (ESG) we are always keen to follow ways that we can help to contribute to a greener and more sustainable future across sectors. 

There are two major elements of our installations that we are proud to say are actively working towards lower carbon emissions for our clients, leading to not only a financial benefit but also a more positive environmental impact. They are Solar Photovoltaic panels (solar PV) and electric vehicle (EV) chargers. 

Solar PV Panels: 

These are the flat panels filled with solar cells that you usually see on the rooftops of buildings. They work by each cell converting sunlight into electricity, so the more cells there are on a panel, the more electricity can be generated. 

The ‘photovoltaic effect’ is how the electricity is generated. Electrons vibrate when they are activated by light, which means they create movement that turns into electrical energy. 

The more ‘traditional’ ways of generating electricity involve burning fossil fuels which releases carbon dioxide, therefore emitting carbon into the atmosphere. 

Without the need to burn fossil fuels and instead using daylight to generate electricity, Solar PV panels are a cleaner alternative to the methods involving the likes of coal, oil and natural gas. 

EV Chargers: 

With the transport sector contributing to around 40% of carbon dioxide emissions in 2022, the movement towards organisations using electric vehicles can vastly contribute to a reduction in carbon emissions. 

Whilst diesel and petrol vehicles release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere via their exhaust pipes, electric vehicles do not. 

And whilst power plants are still used to generate the electricity that charges these electric vehicles, their carbon outputs are monitored and regulated. Some energy companies are also switching to greener methods of electricity generation such as solar, wind or hydroelectric power. 

We also encourage the use of networked EV chargers, which make sure that excess electricity is not used when charging is ongoing. Charging can be limited to off peak times to save on energy bills, and charging times for vehicles can be optimised. 

By making EV charging stations more accessible and commonplace in homes, offices and transport depots we are able to encourage the use of electric vehicles in various sectors, thus leaving a smaller carbon footprint.

Both Solar PV panels and EV chargers are a step in the right direction towards decreased reliance on fossil fuels and therefore lower emissions. As part of the bigger picture, it helps the environment within our own localities but also contributes to EU targets around carbon emissions. 

As Mastertech continues to strive for cleaner and more sustainable solutions for its clients, we will continue to encourage greener solutions such as these in order to reduce carbon footprints across locations. 

With financing and grants available to help you towards a more sustainable future, get in touch with our team today to see how we can help you drive cost savings that not only help your budget, but also help the environment.

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