Despite our dependence on cooling systems, we need to be aware that they can also contribute to climate change. The World Green Building Council discovered that heating, cooling, and lighting systems in buildings globally account for 28% of CO2 emissions. As an example, 20% of Singapore’s total carbon emissions come from its buildings.
With the increasing number of constructions, there is a higher demand for more efficient and sustainable cooling solutions. In fact, it is estimated that the need for cooling will triple in the next 30 years. Because of this, Cooling as a Service (CaaS) becomes an important option to explore for building owners who want a smart and eco-friendly cooling solution.
What is Cooling as a Service (CaaS)?
Thanks to Cooling as a Service (CaaS), it is now possible to subscribe to cooling instead of purchasing and managing the cooling system by themselves. Building owners can bring a comfortable temperature inside their building with the servitization model offered by CaaS providers. As a result, building owners save on operational costs while having an energy-efficient cooling system too.
CaaS offers convenience for building operators. With CaaS, you, as building owners, don’t have to worry about choosing or maintaining the best cooling system that meets your sustainability goals. The CaaS provider will handle that for you. All building operators have to do is pay for cooling on a pay-as-you-use basis. It’s a simple and green solution.
The service provider also offers an excellent maintenance system to keep the equipment running as optimal as possible and has the ability to reallocate the system if needed for resource optimisation.
How CaaS brings sustainability to data centers
In comparison to other cooling systems that rely heavily on hardware, CaaS is a more efficient and eco-friendly option as it optimizes performance through data, analytics and artificial intelligence (AI). By utilizing cutting-edge technology to monitor conditions, CaaS can deliver an indoor experience that adapts to different requirements and conditions.
CaaS providers use a modern data center cooling system. As an operator, you can choose a 100% solar energy chilled water system. There’s also an option to use recycled water chiller plants. All those systems bring a sustainable cooling option for data centers as well as other types of buildings, such as retail stores, factories, pharmaceutical plants, educational buildings, offices, and community spaces.
Why CaaS could be a better option than traditional cooling systems
Conventional cooling systems are not only expensive, but the responsibility of maintaining them generally falls on building owners. This means that they have to coordinate different contractors for repairs or upkeep as well, which can be time-consuming and frustrating.
Oftentimes, various contractors are given charge of different aspects of a project, so it would be unrealistic to hold any single person accountable for the entire system’s issues. Sustainability projects that could make the cooling system more effective can get disregarded as they usually require expensive upfront costs.
Cooling as a Service is here to stay
Preserving our environment is always important, so it’s valuable that we’re finding new ways to save energy. That’s what CaaS does. It changes how we keep buildings cool while still being friendly to the environment.
If no action is taken, by 2040, cooling in South East Asia will consume 30% of ASEAN’s peak electricity. As of now, globally, cooling is accountable for 10% of global electricity usage. To prevent further increase, building owners must adopt clean and efficient cooling methods now.
CaaS strives to deliver more clean and sustainable cooling solutions for building owners, with the eventual goal of changing how cooling services are provided. This would be highly advantageous for all those involved: the people, businesses, and the environment.