The goal of the collaboration with Easee is to:
Create a dynamic overview and fact-based indicators of the life cycle of the Easee product
The work was kicked off with the first milestone focusing on doing research and creating a simple model overview of charging networks in private households, comparing daisy chaining with industry-standard charging. CO2-emissions was used as an indicator and the results documented in a paper.
The output of the work was a comparison between different installation methods. Data was gathered on emissions from copper production related to cable usage. Based on this we performed CO2 calculations on emissions from producing the necessary copper for the necessary cables in three scenarios for home installation of second EV charger.
"Easee was started in 2018 by three entrepreneurs who had a vision of shaping the power grid of the future. Since its inception, the company has established itself in 8 countries and sells to a total of 23, with Sweden, Germany, Benelux, and the UK as significant focus areas.
What challenges do you see in the industry from a sustainability perspective?
We see both challenges and opportunities. The technology we develop at Easee contributes to the green shift by balancing loads and facilitating electrification. However, the technology required for this transition depends on minerals, materials, and energy-intensive processes for production. At Easee, we aim to maximize the potential of our technology while minimizing the footprint involved in producing, installing, and using it.
What specifically do you wish to explore together with Terravera?
For now, we want to focus on the actual installation of the charging boxes. We will assess whether, and to what extent, our solution of connecting multiple chargers to the same circuit can save the environment,' says Haga.
The hypothesis we want to test is that it will include both less material and resource use, yet still provide us with the flexibility needed to utilize and balance the power grid compared to more traditional charging boxes and installation methods,' Haga explains.
What value does understanding sustainability have for you - from a business perspective?
'Easee's technology is intended to contribute to a green and fair transition. Therefore, sustainability becomes a natural aspect of our strategy and vision. In a world that has already reached one degree of global warming, we want to be part of the solution. Sustainability must be integrated throughout the business.
How can the industry collaborate to become more sustainable?
'Sustainability is not a solo race. We need to collaborate to succeed. The industry should challenge each other on sustainability, report openly and transparently, and share best practices. For example, Easee is a member of The Responsible Business Alliance, where we collaborate with other technology companies to move in the same direction and develop good practices together.
How can knowledge of sustainable solutions equip you for the future?
'By having a fact-based approach to sustainability, it will be easier for us to make real sustainability choices, as well as to prioritize our sustainability efforts in areas where we can create the best effect for people and the environment,' concludes Haga."