Schneider Electric global study: 86% of consumers believe that individuals should play a greater role in addressing climate change
In recent years, extreme weather phenomena have become more and more frequent in people’s lives, posing a huge threat to the sustainable development of the earth. “Nature” magazine mentioned in an article in August this year that extreme heat is happening almost simultaneously around the world. Among them, the temperature in some parts of India exceeded 44°C in March, and the hottest period was much earlier than in previous years; in mid-July, the UK also refreshed the extreme high temperature, with the first 40°C recorded in weather. According to a survey conducted by the British polling company Ipsos MORI in November last year, 40% of respondents are currently most concerned about environmental issues such as pollution and climate change, over the epidemic and Brexit.
At present, countries and related companies around the world are accelerating the pace of carbon reduction actions in order to control the upper limit of global warming within the target range of 1.5°C in the 2015 Paris Agreement, thereby mitigating the adverse effects of climate warming. A recent Schneider Electric survey of global consumers also shows that more than half of the respondents believe that in the face of climate change, individuals should take more responsibility, rather than relying on companies or local governments; 86% of consumers believe that in dealing with climate change the individual should play a greater role. The survey also looked at issues such as home energy management among consumers, with nearly 90 percent believing that climate change will lead to higher energy bills if global temperatures rise by more than 1.5°C. Combined with other living costs that have risen, managing energy consumption and costs is a fundamental driver for consumers to take action and invest in smart sustainable solutions.
Consumers are looking for smart home devices that improve energy efficiency in their homes
Jaap Ham, associate professor of Industrial engineering and innovation sciences at Eindhoven University of Technology, who advised on the report, said: “With rising energy prices, the cost of living will be higher than ever, with electrical equipment in the home and on the road. Electric vehicles are on the rise and home energy management has become one of the biggest issues facing consumers, home builders, businesses and governments around the world.”
While 55% of respondents believe net-zero household emissions are important in tackling climate change, they are not optimistic about the changes they can bring about, with less than a third thinking households can achieve net-zero emissions. Therefore, people need to change their mindset and take positive actions to make their homes more sustainable with the help of modern home energy management technology, so that the future is truly in their own hands.
Research data also shows that our efforts to build a healthier planet are evident when we employ smart digital solutions to address energy management and consumption issues, and replace fossil fuels with smart, clean electricity in household energy use . In addition, we must also consider the comfort of life while contributing to the environment.
As a result, consumers want to live in a sustainable way, making home energy efficiency their top priority. Nearly half of respondents believe that smart home technology will help make their home more sustainable, and 54 percent want their new home or residence to be equipped with smart home devices, more than the 2020 study an increase of 13%. Some consumers have seen the benefits of smart technology and integrated it into their lifestyles, and they are willing to invest more in improving the energy efficiency of their homes. It is worth noting that smart lighting and smart temperature control are more popular among consumers and are currently the top three smart devices purchased.
Schneider Electric leads the way in smart and sustainable home innovation
To meet the need for sustainable innovations that enable consumers to improve the energy efficiency and sustainability of their homes, Schneider Electric is helping to solve today’s and future energy management challenges and making a positive contribution. These include introducing innovative solutions and materials to reduce carbon footprints, collaborating with industry partners and leveraging their technological and service strengths to help every home use energy more intelligently and efficiently, and reduce harmful effects on the planet influences.
As a digital transformation expert in the field of global energy management and automation, Schneider Electric is committed to providing efficient smart home solutions for every home, and hopes to promote the sustainable development of human beings and the environment with the home as a unit. Schneider Electric’s Wiser smart home system covers four application scenarios: lighting scenarios, comfortable environment, safety and security, and energy management. While helping users create a safe and comfortable home atmosphere, it also allows users to more effectively manage and optimize home energy. .
Justin Qi, Executive Vice President of Schneider Electric and Head of Smart Home Business, said: “From the perspective of sustainable development and energy consumption, in the current energy crisis, consumers need to sense and manage how the energy in their homes is. is generated, stored and distributed. The residential market is at an inflection point and we already have technologies and solutions that can change the status quo. Like the Schneider Electric Wiser smart home system, which helps consumers build more sustainable lifestyles and enables Empower them to play a bigger role in achieving net zero. This Schneider Electric study shows that consumers now have a better understanding of how to improve their home energy management and that smart home technology can help them Improve energy efficiency. Next, we need to work together to translate this awareness into practical action as soon as possible.”
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