ETION, the Forum for Engaged Entrepreneurship, is a Flemish entrepreneurial platform headquartered in Wilrijk, Antwerp.
A combination of thorough research, state-of-the-art technology and targeted implementation has resulted in a significant improvement in both energy efficiency and worker comfort in Etion's offices.
At the start of the project, we thoroughly assessed the existing lighting, including old consumption and dark spots spread over more than 1,000 luminaires. Based on these findings, we prepared a comprehensive lighting study, adjusting lighting levels to the standard.
We provided the necessary cabling for power supply, but the implementation of wireless control and communication allowed us to avoid the cost of additional cabling. This made the installation not only more efficient, but also cost-saving.
The project was smartly driven with Low Energy modules from Signify Interact, and each luminaire was fitted with its own sensor that continuously monitors motion and daylight.
The results are impressive: thanks to our efficient installation, combined with the use of daylight and presence detection, we realise annual savings of more than 200,000 kWh. This corresponds to a CO2 reduction of almost 40 tonnes per year, equivalent to the emissions of 20 petrol cars on an annual basis.
At Project Nekton, we are proud of the positive impact we were able to make at Etion, and the contribution we made to both its sustainability goals and general well-being in the workplace!
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Financing this project at Etion was a crucial aspect that required close collaboration and careful planning. We worked with our financial partner, Jade Synergies, to develop a model that would deliver a higher long-term return on investment (ROI).
This model, based on the concept of Total Cost of Ownership, allows costs to be spread over a 10-year period. This means no immediate large investment was required for Etion. Jade Synergies offered an OPEX lease for 10 years, with monthly repayments are net lower than current energy and maintenance costs. This without any pre-financing. The savings realised are thus immediately cashed in by Etion.
The 10-year contract also places a special responsibility on our shoulders. It obliges us om offering quality products at a good price, as we are responsible for the proper functioning of the installation throughout the contract period. This contract highlights our commitment to provide value and reliability to our customers.
Setting the horizon at 10 years also allowed us to emphasise better ROI in the long term. This funding model illustrates the benefits of a long-term approach, turning initial investment costs into significant savings and improved efficiency over the years.