Research results show how implementing Schneider Electric's digital building solutions and energy management can reduce the operational carbon emissions of commercial buildings by up to 42 percent with a return on investment in less than three years.

Also, buildings will reduce operational carbon emissions by an additional 28 percent, i.e. they will reduce emissions by up to 70 percent in total if they are fully focused on electricity and digital solutions, by replacing heating from fossil sources to electrical alternatives, and by installing microgrids powered by local renewables energy sources.

Reducing operational emissions is key to decarbonizing as many existing buildings as possible and achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. This comprehensive research confirms that reducing carbon emissions by up to 70 percent is achievable if we transform existing buildings into energy-efficient, fully electrified and digitalized assets - said Arthur Vašarević, general manager for Croatia, Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina at Schneider Electric.

The research, carried out in cooperation with the consulting company WSP, is based on monitoring the energy efficiency and carbon emission levels of large office buildings built in the early 2000s in different climate zones of the USA. However, a digital approach to building renovation is applicable to all building types and climates and is therefore the most effective strategy for building decarbonisation, enabling rapid results with fewer Band 1 emissions.