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Climate change concerns and zero carbon driving energy management focus

14 October 2019

With increasing calls for action to address climate change issues and a growing number of organisations aiming for carbon-neutral status, there is growing evidence for a renewed focus on managing energy usage.

One of the latest announcements in this area is the contract between Wakefield Council and Engie, which is designed to assist in the client's aims of reaching carbon-neutral status by 2030.

It is also another instance of an organisation aiming to achieve this well in advance of the UK's aims to become net-zero for carbon emissions by 2050.

These initiatives are driving more detailed conversations around energy usage in facilities of all types, adding further to the previous focus on this topic in many areas of the FM sector.

For Wakefield Council, its efforts will see it it further extend its Energy Plan, which is claimed to have "already provided significant energy and emission savings".

The council will continue working with Engie to utilise its experience in delivering zero-carbon transion 'as a service', beginning with the creation of a road map providing a comprehensive analysis of its current energy and carbon footprint.

This data will then be used to identify options for further reductions in energy use and emissions, while also reducing the council's spending on energy.

Prior to this, the company has initiated 35 energy and carbon savings projects with the council, which will provide nearly 3.5m kWh of energy savings and a reduction of more than 900t CO2, leading to an annual saving of nearly £300,000.

With increasingly more facilities and clients realising the benefits of improved energy management, this is expected to see a growing number of organisations stepping up their efforts in this area in future.

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