In Poland, 70% of electricity is still produced by coal-fired power plants and most buildings are heated with gas or coal. For the Embassy in Warsaw, the starting point on its sustainability journey was clear: energy! To find out how to save electricity, heat, and water, the Embassy performed an energy audit with an external service provider in 2021.
As a result, older lamps were systematically replaced with energy-saving LEDs and lights in the basement, which people often forgot to switch off, were equipped with motion sensors. The leadership then decided that 100% of the Embassy's electricity should come from renewable sources: Solar photovoltaic panels were installed on the roof in summer 2022, covering about 60% of the building's electricity needs. For the rest, i.e. for electricity obtained from the grid, the Embassy now purchases only certified green electricity.
And this part of the overhaul would not be complete without... an electric vehicle to replace the Embassy's 14-year-old service vehicle, a petrol-powered station wagon! But more is still to come: an important next step will be the replacement of the building's gas heating with an emissions-free heating system, such as a heat pump.