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Amey key to Home Office energy efficiency plan

14 October 2010

An innovative energy management plan could save Whitehall £1m per year

Amey is helping to deliver a pioneering energy management contract for the Home Office, which could save the government department £1m in costs and reduce its carbon footprint. The Home Office has signed a three-year deal with Amey, which provides FM services at 350 Whitehall properties; and British Gas – which specialises in maximising the efficiency of buildings.
Together, Amey and British Gas will assess the condition of all existing equipment such as boilers, invest significant sums of money in high performance technologies and provide more accurate monitoring systems. The two companies will be paid on a sliding scale, according to how much money they save the Home Office. The three year contract is designed to:
 Reduce the Home Office’s CO2 footprint by 15% over the lifetime of the contract
 Save up to £1.3m in reduced energy bills
 Allow Amey and British Gas to invest in the best possible solutions and technologies for the Home Office estate, whilst not increasing capital expenditure for the Home Office
 Provide better managed offices for civil servants
Helen Kilpatrick, Home Office Commercial and Financial Director General, said: “In the current economic climate we all need to find ways of working more smartly. I believe this new contract will deliver real savings for the taxpayer while helping to protect the environment.  In harnessing the best of private sector practice and bringing in fresh ideas we can deliver real change.”
Under the terms of the contract, both Amey and British Gas will introduce automatic monitoring and targeting, a service which brings together a wide range of data into a single, clearly presented system which makes it easier to identify opportunities to save money. They will also employ dedicated energy managers whose primary role will be to identify opportunities to save money.
Gillian Duggan, MD of Amey’s Built Environment division, which provides catering, cleaning, grounds maintenance, security, project management, pest control, porterage, reception and mechanical and electrical services for the Home Office, said,  “With government departments facing spending cuts, this performance contract demonstrates how Amey can work in partnership with the public sector to make efficiencies. Amey has developed a strong relationship with the Home Office over the last nine years. Energy management is becoming a priority for our clients. This new model of working supports our existing efficiency innovations, such as year-on year cost savings which guarantee price reductions for our customers.”
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) recently launched a competition in which Government departments will see who can reduce energy consumption the most as a proportion of their total energy use. Amey and the Home Office appear to be fast off the blocks.

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