Interserve Press Office | Dec 16, 2014
Interserve has been recognised for its work on the Defence Infrastructure Organisation’s (DIO) Energy Spend to Save Programme through a prestigious Energy Institute ‘Energy Excellence’ award. The award was made to DIO and its industry partners at a ceremony in London in November.
The annual Energy Institute (EI) Awards recognise individuals and organisations in the global energy industry for setting new standards of excellence and innovation in their daily activities.
DIO established the three-year Energy Spend to Save Programme in 2011 to reduce carbon emissions from defence estate activities by 25 per cent. It comprised of a £108 million investment over 1,400 energy efficiency projects across 223 defence sites.
Financial savings of £51 million and carbon reductions of 291,969 total carbon dioxide have already been achieved and these figures are expected to rise to approximately £70 million during 2014/15, representing a 65 per cent minimum return on investment.
Peter Smith, energy and sustainability director at Interserve, said: “It costs around one million a day to heat, light and power the defence estate, so it has been very worthwhile to work on a programme that has already delivered significant cost savings and carbon reductions.
“This recognition from the Energy Institute is testament to the strong relationship Interserve holds with the DIO and our suppliers and the sustained value that is delivered through true collaboration.”
Interserve and its joint venture companies, Landmarc and PriDE, delivered a number of projects including:
- Supporting the delivery of a wide scale internal and external lighting upgrade programme which included £1.7 million invested in LED street lights across 17 sites in the south east, saving £900,000 / 1,200 total carbon dioxide; and tailored LED lighting upgrades at front line support helicopter base RAF Benson, making 30 per cent energy savings.
- Philips energy HealWell lighting installed in four recovery rooms at Headley Court Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre.
- Installation of five solar farms at camps on the Ministry of Defence’s National Training Estate together with building fabric upgrades and conversion from LPG heaters to air source heat pumps.
- At British Forces Cyprus the service family houses were upgraded to solar hot water systems.
- Behavioural change initiatives including Key Fob Switches to prevent soldiers accidentally leaving lights on in temporary accommodation and the overnight shut down of non essential IT equipment which together reduced electricity consumption by over 10 per cent.
- Boiler optimisation controls installed on 1,500 boilers providing energy savings of at least 18 per cent.
- Implementation of the Strategic Energy Management Services (SEMS) across the Regional Prime Contracts areas of the UK estate, to actively monitor, manage and verify energy consumption across 127 high-consuming sites.
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