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Geopolitical conflicts and other unanticipated events on a global scale, such as the Covid-19 pandemic, tend to have a significant impact on fossil fuel supply and pricing in general. Even before oil and gas prices started breaking records, the disruption in global supply chains caused by pandemic-related lockdowns had already fueled their upward trajectory, severely impacting the global economy.

As energy demands continue to increase to support a growing technology-driven global economy, countries, companies and individuals around the world are striving to find effective ways to improve their resilience to risks affecting fossil fuel supplies and price volatility.

Delta Electronics, a Taipei-based technology heavyweight that provides power and thermal management systems, automation solutions and electric vehicle (EV) technologies for most of the world’s leading brands of information and communication technology (ICT) and automotive industries, has extensive experience in the promotion of intelligent energy efficiency , and sees it as a highly effective solution to not only strengthen energy resilience but also to significantly reduce humanity’s carbon footprint. Here Jesse Chou, Delta’s Chief Sustainability Officer, and Dalip Sharma, GM and President of the company’s EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region, elaborate further:

Dalip Sharma: Delta’s core competency lies in our unparalleled expertise in highly efficient power electronics and systems integration. Every year we invest more than 8 percent of our annual turnover in research and development to improve the energy conversion efficiency of our products. That’s how we enable our global customers in the ICT industry today to make huge energy savings by offering server power supplies, many certified as 80 Plus TITANIUM with efficiencies in excess of 96 percent, and telecom rectifiers with industry-leading efficiencies up to 98 percent.

Through our strong innovation capabilities, which currently includes over 9,000 engineers in our 74 R&D centers worldwide, we are increasingly developing solutions that leverage IoT and other next-generation technologies to advance the energy-saving capabilities of our portfolio.

Last but not least, Delta’s vision of sustainable development has been nurtured throughout most of our 50-year history, which means key megatrends like Electric Vehicles (EV) were part of our strategic focus much earlier than for our peers. In fact, more than 10 years ago we started collaborating with leading automotive manufacturers on EV-related solutions in joint R&D efforts, and today we are bearing the fruits of this collaboration by supplying key traction and propulsion systems as well as automotive cooling fans. Additionally, Delta has shipped more than one million EV chargers to its global customers in a collaborative effort to build the essential infrastructure for e-mobility to thrive. We also offer our customers our energy storage solutions with bi-directional power conditioning capabilities that can enable smart energy management at their EV charging stations and support local power grids.

Jesse Chou: Delta’s corporate mission is “To Provide Innovative, Clean and Energy-Efficient Solutions for a Brighter Tomorrow”, which includes the development of next-generation solutions that help mankind make the pillars of smart green cities, such as e-mobility, smart factories and buildings, energy-efficient ICT infrastructure and green energy infrastructure.

To achieve this goal, Delta is also focused on becoming a world-class corporate citizen, “walking the path” by implementing environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) best practices in its own operations. Last year we joined the global RE100 initiative with a commitment to run on 100 percent renewable electricity and become carbon neutral by 2030. We implemented Science-Based Targets (SBTs) in 2017, and in 2021 Delta met its original goal: a 56.6 percent reduction in carbon intensity, four years ahead of schedule. Between 2011 and 2020, we implemented 2,270 energy saving projects in our factories to ultimately save almost 280 million kWh of electricity – for example through energy recovery in burn-in processes, intelligent automation of HVAC systems and lighting and energy-efficient LED lighting systems – all possible with Delta’s own portfolio of products and solutions. Our unique and proven expertise in saving energy in our own factories and office buildings therefore gave us the confidence to commit to 2030, well ahead of the 2050 deadline most technology companies are aiming for.

Dalip Sharma: Improving energy conservation through the use of energy efficient products and solutions is undoubtedly one of the most effective ways to increase our resilience to the inherent risks, financial and environmental costs of fossil fuels. To cite just one example, the energy savings that our customers will achieve between 2010 and 2020 through Delta’s high-efficiency products and solutions are estimated at 33.5 billion kWh of electricity, which is more than half of the electricity consumption of the entire German economy at once Year equals full month.

Another option is a firm commitment to using renewable energy. In line with the RE100 initiative, we have increased our efforts to reach this historic milestone. In 2018, Delta had just under 109 million kWh of green electricity in its total global operational energy mix. By 2020 we have already tripled it to over 310 million kWh, almost half of our 2030 target. Installing solar PV systems on the roofs of our factories, signing Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) and purchasing renewable energy certificates (REC) are some of the key initiatives we are taking to achieve this environmental goal.

Jesse Chou: Buildings consume almost half of the world’s electricity consumption, so reducing their consumption through improved energy efficiency also makes an important contribution to energy resilience in Europe and beyond. That’s why we’ve been promoting the benefits of green buildings in terms of energy savings since 2006, having built 29 of them worldwide to date.

Leveraging Delta intelligent building automation for HVAC, LED lighting, solar PV systems, energy storage, high-efficiency uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) and even power recovery for elevators, these green buildings offer significant energy and operational cost savings. For example, Delta’s LEED Platinum-certified Americas Headquarters, located in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley, saves up to 94 percent of the electricity consumption of a traditional office building in the region. We are also improving the facility’s on-site solar power generation systems with the goal of eventually making it a net-zero energy building, meaning it can meet its own electricity needs year-round. In addition, our LEED Platinum-certified global headquarters in Taipei, built in 1999, was retrofitted with the same Delta energy-saving solutions, reducing energy use by more than 50 percent over the past five years.

Originally published on Business Reporter

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