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Green light for sustainable MOD estate

12 August 2010

The Ministry of Defence is looking to industry to help generate ideas that will ensure the UK's armed forces are able to live, work and train on a sustainable defence estate for many years into the future.

Defence Estates (DE) has begun planning a sustainability agenda for future suppliers as part of its Next Generation Estate Contracts (NGEC) programme. NGEC is developing new commercial arrangements for Defence FM, new-build projects, and management of training estate and military housing. Its recent industry focus group on sustainability and energy included discussion on encouraging MOD suppliers to deliver low-carbon measures on the UK Defence estate, and achieving other sustainability targets, including for water, waste, heritage and biodiversity.
Ideas emerging from the discussions (which can be found via the link provided below) include:
 Using the new MOD energy management system to deliver continuous improvement in line with Carbon Trust recommendations;
 Using ‘gainshare’ to drive reductions in waste to landfill
 Encouraging contractors to dedicate one in every 100 hours worked to community projects.
Mark Grant, head of NGEC contract development, said: “Supporting our Armed Forces is the top priority for Defence Estates. We must meet a range of statutory sustainability requirements and we are determined to ensure that our whole Defence estate – particularly military training facilities – can continue to support operational output as efficiently as possible.Responsible stewardship of the nation’s Defence estate is vital to delivering better value for money. That is why we are putting sustainable development at the heart of these new contracts, and looking for future suppliers who are prepared to invest and innovate to reduce consumption and waste on the defence estate, in return for a share of the savings.”
DE is now developing the structure and terms of the individual new contracts. This includes converting the sustainability and energy focus group's ideas into a framework for evaluating its future suppliers’ sustainability performance, and developing processes for prioritising estate maintenance tasks against sustainable development themes. In autumn 2010 DE will start inviting companies to submit expressions of interest (EOIs).
Publication of the focus group’s ideas follows a meeting on 20 July of senior Whitehall ministers with major Government estate contractors to discuss industry’s role towards achieving public sector carbon targets. This meeting marked the launch of the Energy Efficiency Code – a voluntary commitment for central government and Facilities Management (FM) contractors to work in partnership to identify and deliver energy savings for the mutual benefit of both parties.
The Code is a commitment at a high level in departments and FM industry to work together to support delivery of the Prime Minister’s commitment to reduce central Government carbon emissions by 10 per cent in 12 months.

Defence Estates (DE) is responsible for managing the MOD estate, and delivering maintenance, capital works and services. The estate is worth £15.3bn and spans 240,000 hectares and 45,000 buildings, including barracks, airfields, naval establishments, military training estate, workshops, offices, messes, family housing, 1,300 scheduled monuments, and 289 sites of special scientific interest.
In 2008/09 the MOD achieved the Government target of a 12.5 percent  reduction in carbon emissions relative to the 1999/00 baseline, two years ahead of schedule.
Since late 2008 the Next Generation Estate Contracts (NGEC) team has been consulting a wide range of stakeholders, including DE delivery areas, MOD customers, other Government departments, and industry, to review the current arrangements, draw on best practice, and appraise different configurations of commercial arrangements in terms of operational effectiveness and value for money.
NGEC is working in line with the OGC Gateway process, running in four stages – initial gate business case, model research, model development, contract procurement and delivery – through to Main Gate approval.

http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/MicroSite/DE/WhatWeDo/NextGenerationEstateContracts.htm


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