UK defence ministry starts energy driveJuly 2011
The UK defence ministry is turning to industry in its efforts to reduce the emissions and energy consumptions of its estates.
The Defence Infrastructure Organization (DIO), which runs the ministry’s estates, has produced a new plan for monitoring and reducing consumption that places industry solutions at the centre of its strategy.
From 2013, as part of the DIO’s Next Generation Estate Contracts programme, ‘prime’ regional contractors will be asked to open a management bureau to monitor energy use across all the ministry’s sites, building by building, identifying shortcomings and proposing solutions.
The organization has published a list of potential bidders for the resulting ‘spend-to-save opportunities’, including many small and medium-sized enterprises.
The DIO says these are likely to include overhauling existing energy distribution networks; new heating and ventilation systems and insulation; running energy education and awareness programmes for staff; and disposal plans for energy-inefficient buildings.
Matt Foley, head of the ministry’s Central Programme Office for Energy, said: ‘The defence estate is highly complex and rationalizing its energy consumption and carbon emissions will require innovative, insightful and robust energy management plans. Our future facilities management providers will have a key role to play in helping the MoD to reduce consumption and its current daily energy bill.’
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