| Written by Stephan Piworus

Decarbonisation starts and ends with energy consumption. But where to start? Monitoring energy usage gives you a starting point to evaluate before investments are made. That's clever.
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As energy costs increase and the decarbonisation campaigns grow, terminals are more and more aware of their energy consumption. Ports understand that energy becomes increasingly a cost factor. More importantly, terminals as a crucial infrastructure of the global supply chain share also responsibilities to support the energy transition.

The most effective way to support both aspects of the current energy discussion is to avoid energy consumption at all. Wasting resources is one of the main contributors to the current climate crisis and should be addressed as equal as new technologies and policies. Many ports started projects to decarbonise their whole operations recently. One current example of such transitioning is GTI Mumbai, operated by APMT. Partnering with Siemens, a pilot project evaluates the potential of energy and carbon reductions and implements technology and processes to lower emissions as planned.

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One source to reduce the carbon footprint is refrigerated containers which are per definition energy-consuming entities. Goods are stored up to minus 25 degrees Celcius and have to be kept at this temperature level. Multiplying this energy effort with hundreds and thousands of reefers in one port alone is a giant energy bill. It is easy to understand how even small energy optimisation can help to reduce emissions. Monitoring reefers must include monitoring energy consumption as well to learn about processes, maintenance and in-time repairs of reefers. Energy efficiency is only possible when consumption is monitored and managed in an intelligent way.

IDENTEC SOLUTIONS is on a quest to reduce wastefulness in the global supply chain. Reefer Runner is our way how to do it - monitoring every individual reefer in a terminal for temperature, humidity, and energy. It raises alarm if the set-up (e.g. temperature) is exceeded or energy is not supplied. Reefer Runner delivers energy data from every reefer wireless and enables deep analysis of energy consumption. In this way, Reefer Runner contributes to the project goals such as at GTI Mumbai to minimise energy wastefulness.