ECIU
Home/Challenges/Energy consumption and CO2 footprint reduction in the offices of Lithuanian business companies

Energy consumption and CO2 footprint reduction in the offices of Lithuanian business companies

Most effective ways for Lithuanian business companies reduce energy consumption and CO2 footprint in their offices
Sustainable Cities and Communities; Climate Action; Responsible Consumption and Production; Decent Work and Economic Growth
In progress

About the Challenge 

Due to the political and economic situation, as well as prices influenced by Covid-19 and the current geopolitical situation, many companies today are facing the challenge of having much higher expenses on energy consumption. The expenses for the administration / building support are increasing due to the prices from the governmental side. This challenge also affects the company's general income. Moreover, several strategy-based goals are operating in the companies’ business plans related to the green economy and sustainability. These targets should become the company's everyday goals to apply in practice to become ambassadors of sustainability. 

Increasing Scania’s knowledge of energy flow within the company and promoting the use of secondary resources in the process of value creation is not enough. There are several bottlenecks to be dealt with in order to further enhance the resource management of business:

  1. Scania do not have an adequate calculation in detailed data on what the new solutions could contribute and how they would save both – the income, resources and contribute to saving nature. Therefore, mapping and research are essential:  How much money the company will save? How much does the company reduce the CO2 footprint by changing the current status solutions to the nature-friendly ones?
  2. Scania organised some initiatives on sustainability. However, those initiatives are more one-off promotions, which are not connected – there are no circular actions and continuity. There is a lack of continuous information and education among a bigger group of people (clients, partners, competitors, public citizens) in an attractive way on how they can contribute personally to better resource management.

Ways to Embrace Sustainability in the Office: https://bit.ly/3yel1yw

Energy saving at the office: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfgzfL3UKtY

Expected Impact

Opportunities for tapping into the economic potential of new sustainable solutions can be identified. Supporting and enabling stakeholders to exploit these opportunities may help speed up business companies’ transition to a wider level in terms of resource efficiency. Educated and engaged users are able to use sustainable means for saving resources and support the common vision of sustainability also in the daily life of a business.

What we are already doing at Scania:

  • Lighting solutions only when needed (motion sensors and regulation upon outside lighting);
  • Saving paper – going digital (digital marketing brochures, work orders, invoices, QR, videos and screens for information). 

What is still to learn:

  • How to use less energy for heating / ventilation (renewable energy sources) and how to use more recyclable / not one-time-use things in the office?
  • How electric cars instead of fuel-powered cars can contribute to sustainability and savings?
  • How to make clients / providers / employees be more conscious of sustainability issues?
  • Practical means to make people live a more sustainable lifestyle (electric car, going to work by bicycle etc.).

Learning Offering Details

Application Deadline: 24th September 2022 

Format: Online. The challenge will be solved in Kaunas, Lithuania, physical mobility is encouraged, but not mandatory.

Regarding mobility options, please consult your home university. You can find more information on the Practical information website or contact us via challenges@eciu.org or learnersupport@eciu.org.

Study Plan:

Duration: 03/10 2022 – 23/12. The challenge will be solved in the module “Development of Challenge-Based Innovation” (6 ECTS), delivered by experienced teamchers of Kaunas University of Technology (Lithuania). Syllabus of the module.

Expected Class composition: 15 participants (students and lifelong learners)

Recongition: 6 ECTS. Transcript of records from Kaunas University of Technology, certificate from ECIU University. 

Learning goals:

Challenge-based learning approach, effective teamwork and leadership, interdisciplinary and intercultural communication, project management, critical analysis, creativity, competitiveness and pitching an idea, resilience to failure.