Collaboration drives energy savings
In 2011/12 an Energy Efficiency Programme (EEP) was piloted at 102 Petty France, the HQ of the Ministry of Justice. One feature of this programme was the implementation of guidance issued by the Office for Government Commerce (OGC) as published in a 2010 document entitled 'Energy Efficiency in Facilities Management Contracts'.
Specifically the principle of weekly and monthly auditing was implemented, as per the guidance, in a collaboration between the department's sustainability function, the facilities managament provider and a third party consultancy.
Over the period of this EEP, verified energy savings of over 20% were realised which equated to over £200k in monetary savings, with the systematic and collaborative nature of the programme recognised as a significant contributor to the savings achieved.
Since July 2016 a remodelled Collaborative Energy Efficiency Programme (CEEP) pilot has been in operation which takes advantage of a new Audit Module software application that minimises the administrative element of the programme and provides greater transparency of the energy effciency activities undertaken. To date the results look promising with weather corrected, electrical energy savings exceeding 3% with very little effort expended.
One comment from a user of the Audit Module, neatly identified one important feature of the CEEP:
'It gives me a nudge' he said 'If I didn't get the nudge then it probably wouldn't happen because I'm just so busy'.