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PFM AWARDS 2014: Meet the Partners in Sustainability finalists

21 July 2014

The three finalists in the Partners in Sustainability category are Tesco Maintain with IMS Evolve; MITIE with Birmingham Airport; and NG Bailey with Morrisons

MITIE with Birmingham Airport

Tesco Maintain with IMS Evolve
Since the implementation of its new HVAC monitoring system, Tesco Maintenance & Energy says it’s seen several operational improvements. These include a 52% reduction in the number of stores reporting an uncomfortable environment for customers and colleagues; 60% decrease in stores reported as ‘cold’, validated by customer comment feedback (‘Every Comment Helps’); 50% reduction in HVAC energy usage since the installation of the new system in some stores; 25% of jobs are raised automatically, without manual intervention; jobs fixed with SLA have increased 10%; and overall HVAC asset downtime has improved 4.5%. Tesco says this figure will only improve as its ability to analyse HVAC data improves. IMS Evolve offered Tesco a solution to allow remote, 24/7 realtime asset and performance monitoring in one central platform. Installation began in August 2013 with 940 stores being integrated by November 2013. “Due to our great collaborative working with IMS Evolve, internal investment in developing the technology and the simplicity of the new interface, there was no need for employee upskilling, ensuring a seamless move to the new system with minimal cost implications,” said Tesco. “This simple, smart tool is already having a major impact on our stores, customers and colleagues and we’re currently looking into other ways of integrating this technology onto other platforms.”

MITIE with Birmingham Airport
MITIE has worked with Birmingham Airport since 1 May 2012 and says its integrated approach ensures MITIE and Birmingham Airport’s corporate and sustainable goals are met. Most importantly, says MITIE, it guarantees passengers have the best experience possible and continue to choose Birmingham Airport over their rivals. “A true partnership is achieved through MITIE constantly aligning itself with Birmingham Airport’s corporate objectives,” MITIE says. MITIE has worked with the airport on a food waste initiative: since April 2013, it’s helped divert over 70 tonnes of food waste from traditional disposal routes to local anaerobic digestion plants. The energy derived from this process supplies over 2,500 local homes and businesses with electricity. This scheme applies best practice and efficiency measures in each stage of the process such as engaging staff in public areas and retail concessions throughout the airport, where most food waste is produced from packaged food, leftovers and out of date stock. In addition, says MITIE, it’s a pioneer in introducing Lean Six Sigma cleaning techniques into major client sites. The outsourcer uses a rather unusual method of ‘innovative and environmentally friendly’ pest control onsite. ‘Archie’ is one of its two pest control sniffer dogs, trained to sniff out a variety of pests. This method reduces the number of toxic rodenticides used, meaning Birmingham Airport can continually monitor and control their pest risk discreetly.

NG Bailey with Morrisons
This partnership in sustainability between NG Bailey, a provider of engineering, IT and facilities services; Elutions, a smart asset and smart buildings company and, NG Bailey client Morrisons, is saving more than 16% on Morrisons’ annual gas and electricity bill. The magnitude of the savings revolves around the introduction of a complete outsourced energy management solution, Rare Energy, developed and delivered by NG Bailey and powered by its US partner Elutions. Put simply, it ensures a client’s existing assets are operated in realtime at their optimum level of energy efficiency. Its approach to combatting spiralling energy costs is said to be unique in the way it guarantees to drive down usage over other measures already in place (such as the installation of energy-efficient lighting and changing utility providers or contracts)  - at no financial risk. If savings aren’t delivered, the client gets its money back. It was this risk-free approach that appealed to Morrisons as it signed the first phase of a five-year partnership deal with NG Bailey and Elutions in 2013 and the second phase earlier this year. Such has been the speed and size of the savings generated during the first phase, across 105 of the retailer’s 500-store estate, that the planned roll-out of phase two is being accelerated across its remaining portfolio of 395 UK stores.

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