Enabler of the digital energy transition – and not only that – powercloud takes a holistic approach to sustainability
Sustainability is a central issue for powercloud in three ways: As a provider of enabling technology for a sustainable energy industry, as a pioneer in sustainable corporate governance, and as an ambassador for numerous sustainability initiatives.
Leaving fossil fuels behind, moving towards renewable energies
Decarbonization, decentralization and digitalization – the energy industry is in a state of upheaval. In the very midst of it, powercloud enables utilities to drive their digitalization forward at full speed and so respond to market changes. As a SaaS billing solution, powercloud provides the basis for efficient and customer-oriented processing and billing of new, green products and services. An intelligent cloud solution driven by the desire to enable the digital energy transition. Added to this are the advantages of extensions via the so-called powerApp store, which can be used to integrate additional functions and business models that have a sustainable orientation. In short: with the help of powercloud, more and more sustainable processes and products are finding their way into the energy industry.
IT campus as best practice for a sustainable living and working environment
That the green energy revolution started a long time ago for powercloud is shown by the IT Campus the company is building in Germany. Already regarded as a forward-looking model of the energy transition for the housing industry and for the energy companies of tomorrow, by its completion in 2024 all the buildings of the campus are to be fully CO2-neutral. The site will have its own photovoltaic power supply and electricity storage solutions. Heating and cooling are supplied via heating networks, which include biomass and large-scale heat pumps. In addition, there is a special mobility concept that includes, among other things, sharing offers of e-cars and e-bikes as well as a further developed public transportation service. But the IT campus embodies far more than merely environmental aspects of sustainability. It is also considered to be breaking new ground in lifestyle and work. Social aspects therefore play just as big a role as ecological ones. For powercloud, sustainability means not only energy transition and climate neutrality, but also a fair coexistence under conditions that allow future generations to lead a “good” life.
Ambassador for a sustainable future
Apart from the sustainable orientation of its own product and the future working environment, powercloud is also taking part in numerous sustainability initiatives on both local and global levels. For example, powercloud CEO Marco Beicht is a member of Fairantwortung AG, a non-profit entrepreneurial initiative. Their goal is to support society’s shift toward a sustainable and climate-compatible economic system.
Internationally, powercloud is a member of the “Tech for Net Zero Allianz“, which was launched by the German Energy Agency (dena) together with Bill Gates’ “Breakthrough Energy” initiative. The aim is to identify scalable innovations for Germany’s energy transition and climate-neutrality target based on technological developments and to make recommendations for the further development of corresponding framework conditions in Germany.
Marco Beicht’s participation in the “SET Tech Festival“, which was also organized by dena together with the World Energy Council on October 20, had a similar goal. The event not only gave participants access to the most innovative energy-solution startups, but also brought them together with innovation-oriented companies, investors and public organizations that want to push the energy transition forward.
Climate neutrality starts today
While the model IT campus will not be fully completed until 2024, powercloud is already ensuring, where possible, that its business activities are as climate-neutral as possible. To this end, the company uses Planetly, among other tools, for intelligent CO2 management. With Planetly, emissions can be calculated, the biggest emission hotspots identified and, on this basis, the right adjusting screws can be dialed towards a negative CO2 balance.
The delegated staff at powercloud are also looking at new work-life concepts. Specifically, this means, for example: Workers can do some of their work at home at any time, allowing them to reach the workplace quickly when needed. To enable necessary business trips by car to remain sustainable, powercloud also has an e-Smart fleet of five vehicles.
Through many activities, powercloud pursues a corporate culture that raises awareness of sustainable cooperation. And so, in the spirit of “Walk the Talk”, the commitment and measures around corporate sustainability align with the fundamental orientation of the powercloud solution towards a sustainable energy industry.