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Sustainability

Trends and Their Impact on Our Business

The energy transition is on fast-forward. The energy world issteadily becoming more distributed, digital and decarbonized and the Distribution System Operators (DSOs) are the linchpin of this future system. The distribution grid is one of the pillars of the economic, cultural and scientific progress of modern society, given that it brings electricity to all citizens who want to be connected to it without exception or discrimination. It is a critical infrastructure, which provides security, stability and comfort to customers, as well as industrial competitiveness.

Meanwhile, the demand for power is growing exponentially as well. Research shows that global energy consumption will increase by 28% by 20401. An increase in population, economic and industrial growth, along with a rise in per capita energy consumption due to lifestyle changes, are intensifying the load on the power infrastructure. At the same time pressures and disruptive technologies are changing the sector. Today, the concerted effort of industries such as automobile to reduce the carbon footprint by replacing fossil fuels with electricity is further driving the demand for electricity power because renewable energy became a mainstream source of this power. Overall, one-third of global power capacity is now generated from renewable sources (solar, hydro and wind). This will also help to decrease pollution and increase grid reliability.

At the same time, electric heat pumps, batteries and other grid edge technologies are also expected to advance significantly. The market capacity of battery storage and power utility is growing and it is expected to reach 13.1 billion USD dollar by 2023. This will be supported by IoT, robotics and connected technologies which is expected to grow to 15 billion USD dollar by 20241.

We operate in a dynamic energy sector that is transforming with megatrends and we have a clear vision of potential changes and value creation opportunities. We are already preparing for these fundamental changes today by helping to shape regulation, exploring new business opportunities and leading the sector into the New Energy World under the following five categories:

Digitalization provides opportunities for new business models and services to be improved and new developments to take place in networks for uninterrupted energy. With digitalization, data-based energy and demand management becomes possible and it allows energy to be used in the most efficient manner. Opportunities created by developments such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart technologies transform the sector.

• IoT Grid Solutions
• Cybersecurity
• Smart Grid
• Advanced Sensors
• Smart City Solutions
• Blockchain Platforms
• Big Data

Democratization of energy supply facilitates access to power, aiming to provide everyone access to electricity, as well as flexibility to choose the source of power. This trend urges the sector to emphasize customer satisfaction and to help disadvantaged communities to access affordable energy. Topics such as universal access to energy, social justice and the promotion of renewable and sustainable energy have critical and higher place on the agenda.

• Customer Satisfaction
• Treatment of Vulnerable Customers
• Uninterrupted Energy
• Commoditization
• Blockchain Energy Trading

Deregulation signifies various players operating in the energy distribution industry in a competitive environment and extends to the deregulation of the market. We observe deregulation particularly in the electricity retail sales market. Deregulation offers cheaper products with higher quality and highlights the importance of the services as well as customer expectations.

• Demand Management
• Customer Satisfaction
• New Product Offerings

Decarbonization suggests a decrease in the carbon intensity of the electrical energy produced and distributed in the energy sector. In this sense, energy sources are being diversified and new methods that utilize renewable energy sources are being developed. Additionally, with rising urbanization, the environmental impact of transportation has become a critical issue. The electricity consumption of machines and systems steadily increase with each day. As such, the need to invest in charging stations and tools has soared in line with the development of electric vehicles, which will make a profound difference in sustainable transportation. Energy efficiency solutions and green products that provides e-mobility particularly stand out.

• Renewable Energy Integration
• Electrification Trends
• Energy Efficiency Products
• E-mobility Solutions
• Green Energy Products

Decentralization signifies the production of electricity with various technologies, at or near the places where it is used and energy storage. Largerscale renewable energy production heightens the need for storage systems. Therefore, grid infrastructures should be improved to reflect this new means of energy production.

• Distributed Generation
• Energy Storage
• Microgrids
• Cogeneration
• Back-up Generation

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