Case study: DWP greening government target
In 2010, the Government announced a new set of ‘greening’ commitments – one of which was to reduce carbon emissions on the government estate by 25 per cent, by 2015.
We have been actively engaged with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) since 2010, working together in reducing energy consumption across the DWP estate. Previous initiatives such as RISE (Relaunched Initiative: Saving Energy) had proved hugely successful in achieving a reduction of some 18 per cent in energy use nationally.
This meant any new target would prove particularly challenging as we had already achieved significant reductions in consumption, meaning the starting point for measuring future savings was already set lower than comparable estates.
Nevertheless, through a refreshed energy campaign AWaRE (Avoid Waste and Reduce Energy), which involved closely working with our DWP customer and estates colleagues, we implemented a series of wide ranging targeted ‘spend to save’ projects which by March 2015, were yielding a further 29 per cent saving in carbon emissions, which more than met the government target.
Initiatives introduced included analysis of energy consumption profiles for buildings and installation of a variety of spend to save measures, including LED lighting, lighting controls, additional Automatic Metering Readings, insulating valve jackets, voltage optimisation and electronic thermostatic radiator valves.