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SELECT president warns on power-hungry AI

The demands on the UK’s electrical network may become unsustainable, says Mike Stark.

Equans in Leeds energy efficiency win

Equans has been appointed by social housing provider 54North Homes to make 98 flats more energy-efficient.

MRI partners for end-to-end energy service

The deal brings together a leading real estate software firm with a leading energy and sustainability consultancy.


The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers is the new administrator for the energy efficiency scheme.

Cleaning and maintenance up, energy down

That sums up the cost forecasts for the next several years, according to BCIS figures.

Energy-efficient property leads the market

Energy-efficient assets showed stronger investment performance across all sectors in 2023.

IWFM offers updated energy management guide

The Institute has partnered with energy management expert Carbon Numbers to publish a new good practice guide.

New report looks at the changing energy landscape

Produced by an industry specialist, it features insights from energy experts across FM and property organisations.

Net zero driving business transformation

UK CEOs are recognising the disruptive force that climate change will be for their business.

FM overlooked in energy and carbon plans

Facilities management professionals are insufficiently involved in organisations’ plans around energy efficiency and carbon reduction.

Climate Group teams up to launch a ‘renovation revolution’

The climate and energy non-profit is underlining the need to upgrade millions of buildings every year to meet 2050 net zero goals.

Veolia exploring carbon capture

Feasibility study highlights potential of the technology to produce sustainable fuels using energy recovery facilities.

Unprecedented demand for data centres

Demand for data, storage and the development of AI are driving the need for more sites and more energy.

Energy management software providers rated

The energy efficiency and sustainability management sector is set for growth, but who are the best providers?

Most UK businesses unprepared for energy disruption

The path to reaching net zero targets may not be all smooth sailing.

Managing agents target energy performance

New framework aims to drive optimal in-use energy performance of commercial buildings.

Offices: major investment needed

UK office landlords could spend over £65bn over the next 7 years to meet energy efficiency requirements.

Mitie partners on major solar project 

Set to be one of the largest solar parking canopy projects in the UK, solar PV and battery installation has been confirmed in Portsmouth.

Amey supporting MoJ net zero goals

The services group is leading on a smart meter installation project across 36 prison sites.

Amey claims energy management first

The facilities and asset management services provider has achieved ISO 50001, the international standard for energy management systems. 

Bidvest Noonan: new energy management service

The launch comes in response to rising energy prices driving businesses to search for solutions to control costs.

Bouygues commissioned for solar farm

Bouygues Energies & Services has secured a contract for the design, build, operation and maintenance of a new site with a capacity of 50MWp.

Retrofit crisis looms

Without a change in board attitudes the UK could face a building retrofit crisis, warns a new report.

NABERS 2.0 launched

The energy efficiency rating scheme for existing office buildings has been extended to meet the needs of owners and occupiers.

Kimberly-Clark moves towards 100% green energy

Three green hydrogen projects the consumables group is developing with energy industry partners have won places on a government shortlist.

Pinnacle sells district heating business

Independent infrastructure fund manager DIF Capital Partners is set to take a significant majority stake in the business.

Small businesses: energy tipping point coming

FSB finds 28% of firms that signed up to fixed energy contracts last year could have to downsize, rethink their business model or close.

Cautious welcome for energy efficiency plan

The government’s strategy for spending up to £2.5bn on improving energy efficiency has had a cautious welcome by the Building Engineering Services Association.

Major London retrofit project commissioned

The project will help decarbonise a heat network for up to 5,000 homes.

Energy regulations remain low on the office agenda

New research has found low awareness of new environmental standards despite increased demand for environmentally friendly office space.

London property: crunch day coming

Over 50% of inner London commercial stock will be ‘unlettable’ from 2027 as MEES legislative changes loom.

BESA urges clarity on energy policy

The Building Engineering Services Association has welcomed the creation of a new government department dedicated to delivering energy security and net zero.

Energy: government must speed up spending

The Building Engineering Services Association is calling for the government to accelerate investment in energy efficiency and heat pumps.

Mitie offers decarbonisation predictions

A new insights paper shares views for the year ahead, covering a range of areas including energy, e-mobility, waste and landscapes. 

Energy bills support: follow-on plan concerns

With the Energy Bill Relief Scheme due to end in March, the government has announced the Energy Bills Discount Scheme beginning in April.

Datore launches energy management solution

Software from the data analytics firm measures and analyses real-time energy data and automates processes with notifications and actions.

Veolia contract exceeds energy-saving target 

Dublin’s Mater Misericordiae University Hospital benefited from an additional €44k of savings following the first year of operations.

Risk of stranded assets looms

Savills has joined the growing ranks of property advisors warning on the potential impact of new energy standards.

How to save energy

One highly effective way appears to be CUBE, the sector-led competition that helps commercial building users reduce their consumption.

EcoSync secures growth funding

The energy solution provider has raised close to £1m to support expansion into new sectors.

Climate tech start-up growing fast

OakTree Power has reported a sixfold capacity increase in six months.

Asbestos: a problem for energy renovation plans

Extensive asbestos remediation work is still needed on more than 100,000 UK buildings, according to a new report.

Veolia lands energy management contract

The resource management company has been awarded a £27m contract to upgrade Eastbourne District General Hospital.

Hybrid workers worry about energy costs at home

New research reveals the impact the energy crisis is having on the UK workforce, as 70% of hybrid workers admit they’re concerned about the cost of working from home as bills skyrocket.

New task group on renewable energy procurement

The UK Green Building Council has assembled team of cross-industry experts who will support delivery of new guidance.

Energy start-up tackles empty room challenge

Energy management technology firm EcoSync has launched a room-by-room dynamic management platform in a bid to reduce energy waste.

Financial Times moves to reduce energy costs

OakTree Power, the climate tech start-up, has developed a bespoke climate technology solution for the FT to reduce energy at its London headquarters, Bracken House.

Building retrofits needed to support Truss plan

Rab Fletcher, president of the Building Engineering Services Association, argues that more positive action is required to deliver the necessary impact.

MSPS helps Basildon to optimise energy use

Morgan Sindall Property Services is working with smart thermostat provider Switchee to help Basildon Council improve the energy efficiency of its housing stock.

Mitie appointed to CEF framework

The appointment provides significant opportunities to support NHS hospitals and the wider public sector to achieve net zero targets by 2040. 

Energy: targeting sources of waste

Britain’s businesses are in the grip of an energy crisis. With energy costs continuing to rise, 92% of decision-makers are concerned.

Cranfield offers tour of award-winning energy system

Cranfield University’s battery energy storage system will be open for a unique behind-the-scenes tour next week.

Manufacturing struggles with net zero

New survey findings are painting a worrying picture of the manufacturing industry’s transition to net zero.

Rising costs drive focus on carbon reduction

New data from the Institute of Directors shows that half of businesses are now more likely to invest in carbon reduction measures.

EQUANS secures energy transition funding

A funding extension from Innovate UK will enable progress on plans for a town-wide, smart local energy system in Rugeley, Staffordshire.

Sustainability investments rebound

Planned investments in energy efficiency, renewable energy and smart building technology are returning to pre-pandemic levels.

Time running out on funding for electricity generation

Businesses that own or operate electricity generation systems have just four weeks left to apply for funding to help them update their equipment.

Meeting the cost of energy standards

According to new research, proposed legislative energy targets could cost UK office landlords upwards of £40 per sq ft.

Amey backs Barnsley’s sustainability plans

The services group has helped Barnsley Council secure £1.3m from the government’s Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme. 

Sustainability: firmly on the corporate agenda

Large and medium-sized organisations cite improving sustainability as one of the three biggest challenges they face.

Net zero: calls for digital retrofitting

Research indicates that 9 in 10 buildings in the UK and Ireland must be digitally retrofitted to achieve net zero by 2050.

New buildings must cut carbon by 30%

New buildings in England will have to produce significantly less CO2 under new rules announced by the government to help the country move towards net zero.

BEIS sponsoring energy guide for SMEs

Standards body BSI is partnering with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, who are sponsoring up to 100,000 free downloads of a new energy management standard.

COP26: major groups call for action

Leaders of the CBI, the TUC and major green groups have called on the government to implement the Glasgow climate pact.

Sustainable energy: business rates inhibit change

Property services group JLL is advocating a change in the regulations to encourage energy efficiency.

Cranfield commits to battery power

Cranfield University has signed a contract to install the biggest second-life battery storage system to date in the UK.

Bouygues E&S in renewable heat network win

Contracts to deliver a heat network project at Comberton Village College in Cambridge have been agreed.

Sign of the times: energy solution backed

EcoSync, a dynamic energy management platform that adapts temperature control to changing occupancy levels, has attracted substantial new investment.

NABERS ready to help with net zero goals

The world-leading energy rating scheme for UK offices is ready for use.

Cluttons warns property owners on MEES

The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard consultation, which closed in June, is designed to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions in England and Wales.

CRE & energy: could do better

Energy performance in commercial real estate is improving but has some way to go to meet upcoming targets.

Bouygues E&S delivers on lighting project

Bouygues Energies & Services has completed a partnership with Redcar & Cleveland Borough to replace 90% of its street lighting with LED lights.

UKGBC seeks views on verification of net zero

A new survey invites feedback on market drivers, expectations and characteristics for a potential net zero carbon buildings verification scheme.

Power up your building

A new white paper explains how innovative technology can help organisations transform their commercial buildings into a virtual power plant.

CEMEX renews ENGIE deal

ENGIE has been reappointed to provide the construction materials group with 100% UK renewable electricity.

Cenergist partners on decarbonisation project

Leeds City Council has selected the energy and water services company to provide support in delivering a £14m carbon reduction upgrade.

Landmark decarbonisation project gets go-ahead

Aberdeen City Council has awarded a three-way partnership the contract to deliver a decarbonisation retrofit scheme across 100 social housing properties.

Government publishes vision for decarbonisation

The Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy aims to slash emissions by two-thirds in just 15 years.

Call for views on energy rating policy

Central government is seeking views on proposals to introduce a national performance-based policy framework for rating the energy and carbon performance of large buildings.

Veolia added to net zero framework

The company has qualified for all four lots of the ETL Net Zero Carbon Delivery Framework.

New guidance on net zero carbon buildings

The UK Green Building Council has published guidance on the procurement of high-quality renewable energy and carbon offsets.

Amey builds technical and energy capabilities

The group’s Secure Infrastructure business is strengthening its technical compliance and energy management capability to support growing customer needs.

GFSL turns to solar energy

The MoJ's Gov Facility Services Ltd is pioneering solar energy projects at two prisons in England in a bid to meet net zero carbon targets.

ENGIE books place with Premier Inn

ENGIE has secured a contract to deliver 1,000 high power electric vehicle charging points for the hotels operator.

Bouygues E&S named for zero carbon services

Bouygues Energies & Services has been selected as a preferred contractor on a new zero carbon framework.

Freedom for Fundamentals business

The NG Bailey Group company has completed the acquisition of HV Services from its parent, Fundamentals Limited.

Demand side response: hidden power?

A smart energy technology specialist has created a simple, online calculator that works out how much revenue a building could be generating from involvement in DSR.

ENGIE in long-term Keele deal

The energy and services company has agreed a 25-year deal with Keele University to fund, design, build and operate a multi-technology renewable energy park.

Crown Estate commits to net zero by 2030

The Estate says it is committed to addressing the environmental emergency by aligning to the 1.5°C goal of the Paris Climate Agreement.

Good NABERS: energy rating scheme arrives

A new scheme for rating the operational energy efficiency of UK office buildings has been launched.

CIBSE responds to government's 10-point plan

The plan, published last week and meant to support the UK's net zero carbon target, was broadly welcomed but with some serious reservations.

Wates tackles social housing energy challenge

The group has launched a new service which will help social landlords to prepare their housing stock to meet zero carbon obligations.

ENGIE takes on charging point challenge

ENGIE and its subsidiary EVBox Group have entered into a four-year partnership with Scania spanning 13 countries.

SSE launches data analysis service

Many businesses could save up to 30% on ‘hidden’ energy costs while increasing energy efficiency by up to 10% by changing their approach to data collection.

Carbon Trust hat trick for ENGIE

ENGIE UK has achieved the Carbon Trust Triple Standard, certifying exemplary performance over the last three years in managing carbon, water and waste.

Mitie helps Vodafone slash carbon footprint

Mitie has supported Vodafone UK in saving 100 gigawatt hours of energy, equivalent to 25,000 tonnes of CO2, in just three years.

NHS commits to net zero carbon

The NHS has adopted a multi-year plan to become the world's first net zero national health system.

John Lewis Partnership teams up with ENGIE

Designed to drive progress on ambitious environmental targets, a new three-year contract covers both John Lewis and Waitrose operations.

ENGIE in long-term heat and energy network wins

ENGIE has begun work on a major new heat network which will serve future developments in the Nine Elms area of London, one of the capital's largest brownfield regeneration sites.

BMS too often overlooked in carbon strategies

Many property professionals are not fully aware of the carbon reduction capabilities offered by their building management systems.

JLL targets net zero carbon by 2030

The property services group has committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions across all JLL-occupied buildings by 2030.

ISS boosts its sustainability offering

The facilities services business has appointed Jamie Hall as energy and sustainability director for its UK Sustainability division.

ENGIE to help deliver carbon-negative fruit

UK fruit producer Bardsley England has selected ENGIE as its long-term delivery partner for achieving carbon-negative produce.

Advisor warns on fixed price energy contracts

Fixed-price contracts for industrial and commercial businesses are about to get much more expensive, and likely far less 'fixed' than consumers believe.

Here East partnership targets energy reductions

The East London business innovation campus has teamed up with a software specialist to focus on reducing energy consumption.

Mitie names new MD

Pradyumna Pandit has been appointed to the newly created role of Managing Director of Sustainability and Energy Services.

Mitie launches zero carbon energy service

Zero Carbon for Zero Cost is a new programme intended to help businesses drive a green lockdown recovery.

Derwent commits to EP100 initiative

To mark last week's World Environment Day, Derwent FM signed up to The Climate Group's initiative on efficient energy.

Acclaro tackles carbon implications of working from home

Lockdown has seen pollution levels drop, skies grow clear and roads teeming with bicycles and pedestrians rather than the usual rush hour jams. What does that mean for the overall picture of energy consumption?

Post-pandemic opportunity for greater sustainability

As industry looks to rebuild and grow after the lockdown, there is an opportunity for manufacturers to refocus on sustainability goals and work with government to deliver a green recovery.

Mitie signs up to a third climate initiative

The facilities management group has signed up to the RE100 initiative, committing to use only renewable energy across all its sites.

Veolia takes on energy challenge for NHS Trust

The company's specialist energy team has extended the services it provides to United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, with the aim of lowering costs and cutting carbon emissions across three sites.

Turner & Townsend sticks with workplace retrofit scheme

The professional services firm has been re-appointed to lead the delivery of the Mayor of London's Retrofit Accelerator for Workplaces.

Carbon emissions: can we keep them down?

Companies globally have been forced to take extreme measures to change the way they operate during the covid-19 outbreak, and this has reduced carbon emissions by a quarter.

Mitie builds on environmental commitments

The facilities management company has signed up to the EP100 energy productivity commitment.

Real estate companies drive energy reductions

The latest benchmarking report from the Better Buildings Partnership shows a continued fall in commercial property energy consumption.

ENGIE to supply green gas for Heathrow

The energy and services company has struck a deal with Heathrow Airport to replace natural gas with 100% green biomethane.

L&G sees benefits of carbon reduction

Legal & General's property investment division appointed Demand Logic as its carbon reduction partner last year. It's now counting the benefits.

Veolia cutting carbon at Rotherham Hospital

The resource management company's specialist energy performance contracting team is working to save money and cut carbon emissions at Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust. 

Mitie commits to zero carbon by 2025

Mitie has launched an industry-leading commitment, pledging that it will reach net zero carbon emissions by 2025.

Rugeley plans smart energy system

An ENGIE-led consortium will create the design of a Smart Local Energy System that will demonstrate how carbon and energy costs can be reduced for residents of the Staffordshire town.

Amey calls for urgent action on carbon

The services group has published a white paper focused on the need for wide-ranging action across the public and private sectors to decarbonise energy and heating in the UK's built environment

Companies spending £60m on wasted energy

Energy being wasted every year by a few thousand office buildings across five UK cities could power over 100,000 homes.

ENGIE launches Newcastle energy centre

ENGIE has launched a high-profile new carbon-reduction district energy centre in partnership with Newcastle City Council.

Veolia delivers Total Fitness

Resource management company Veolia is helping the health and fitness chain achieve a 32% reduction in gas consumption using combined heat and power across 17 facilities in the north of England and Wales.

UK companies: more ambitions than plans for net zero

New research by Mitie Energy has found that protecting the environment is a target for over a third of UK businesses, who now have or are planning a strategy to reach net zero carbon emissions.

New advice for offices targeting net zero

The UK Green Building Council has published new energy performance targets for commercial offices that are aiming to achieve net zero carbon in operation.

Retailers missing out on energy cost savings

More than half of UK retail industry leaders are concerned about changes to energy costs but over a third have not incorporated energy management or efficiency technologies into their operations.

Wates tackles carbon emissions

The construction and property services group is claiming the position of first in the sector to support the creation of, and appointment of, an independent social enterprise to help it meet long-term sustainability goals.

Energy match-making platform launches

PowerPaired aims to link community energy groups and owners of land or property with renewable energy and energy saving potential to deliver social and environmental impact.

ENGIE in £90m energy deal

The energy and services specialist has signed a long-term deal to develop and operate a new low carbon decentralised energy scheme in Edinburgh.

Wakefield teams up with ENGIE for zero carbon

Following its declaration of a climate emergency, Wakefield Council has commissioned the energy and services group to help achieve its target of becoming a carbon-neutral organisation by 2030.

UKGBC calls for views on energy performance targets

The UK Green Building Council has launched a consultation exercise seeking feedback on proposals for energy performance targets for the offices sector.

ENGIE secures 20-year Solent deal

The energy and services specialist has connected Solent University's new sports complex to Southampton Geothermal Heating Company's pioneering district energy scheme after signing a £2.8m deal.

ENGIE partners for pioneering energy projects

The multi-services group has teamed up with Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, to support projects working on the transition to clean energy.

New partnership takes on energy performance challenge

Too often buildings designed for efficient performance don't deliver on their promise. Now the UK and Australia are teaming up to solve the problem.

ENGIE team in major Canadian energy win

Innovate Energy has closed a 35-year public-private partnership contract to modernise, maintain and operate the district energy system that heats and cools multiple buildings in Canada's capital region.

NHS commits to LED upgrades

Sussex-based energy efficiency solutions provider Energys Group has been selected to deliver LED lighting upgrades at a number of NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts. 

Energy management: who's in charge here?

Nine out of 10 energy managers in office workplaces believe that other employees know who they are; but less than half of those employees actually do know. And even fewer have a good idea about corporate energy saving policies.

Bouygues sheds light on Brent streets

Bouygues Energies & Services has worked with Brent Borough Council to transform their street lighting, completing a 12-month investment programme in January.

FES lands Aberdeen energy deal

Scottish facilities management firm FES FM has been appointed to operate the energy centre for The Event Complex Aberdeen, a £333m development due to open later this year.

More than a tick in a box

David Emanuel reports from the Bouygues Energies & Services 2019 Sustainability Conference.

First airbase powered by green energy

RAF Marham, home to the UK's F-35 multi-role combat jets and a key site on Amey's Regional Prime Central contract, is now running on sustainable energy following completion of a new biogas plant.

ENGIE announces two major energy deals

In the first of two success stories from its energy business, the company reports that it will be providing 100% renewable electricity to CEMEX, the leading building materials supplier.

CCS tackles renewable energy for government

The Crown Commercial Service is setting out to make it easier for public bodies to reduce their carbon footprint by launching a new agreement that makes renewable energy easier to source.

Inviron lands £30m ME&E deal with Vertas

Imtech Inviron has been awarded a five-year mechanical, engineering & electrical contract by facilities management group Vertas.

Developers take on energy performance gap

Seven major UK property developers have committed to a new approach to tackling the gap that too often arises between energy design and actual performance of new office buildings.

ENGIE enters local authority energy market

The energy and services group has signed its first energy white-label contract with a local authority to supply householders across the north-west of England.

Canary Wharf LED investment pays off

Five years ago, the management team at One Canada Square took the decision to switch the entrance lobby lighting from traditional sodium lamps to LED, a bold move as at the time LED in a commercial setting was still a new idea.

Smart building technologies on the rise

Market research has uncovered a surge in projects incorporating building energy management systems technology, closing the gap with long-running energy efficiency technology favourite LED lighting.

Energy standard revised in the face of "perfect storm"

BSI, the business standards company, has revised the original global standard for energy management systems, BS EN ISO 50001: 2018, updating it around changing requirements for cost control, resilience, compliance and sustainability.

EMCOR first with new energy standard

EMCOR UK is the first organisation in the country to achieve conformity to ISO 50001:2018 Energy Management, following an independent assessment by business standards company BSI.

Veolia secures landmark Irish energy deal

Resource management company Veolia has been awarded the first Carbon Energy Fund Ireland contract, a 15-year agreement at Dublin's Mater Misericordiae University Hospital.

Grant Thornton adds energy to ENGIE contract

ENGIE's long-standing FM contract with the accountancy and business advisory firm has been extended to include energy in a deal that guarantees a minimum 5% reduction in costs each year.

ENGIE hands out £10,000 innovation prize

ENGIE has chosen software developer NET2GRID as the winner of the 2018 Big Pitch innovation competition.

CBRE in "strategic investment" in energy services provider

The latest move at the property services group illustrates two things: the importance of energy in the landscape of business issues and the growing role of technology-weighted solutions.

ENGIE becomes CIPS knowledge partner on energy and energy services

The company will provide weekly market information for members of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply to ensure they are up-to-date and fully informed.

ENGIE takes on Carillion NI contracts

ENGIE has reached an agreement to acquire long-term heating and building maintenance contracts with the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, deals that were previously operated by Carillion Energy Services.

Oxford takes top CIBSE FM award

The University of Oxford has received a first in two categories at this year's CIBSE Building Performance Awards, presented earlier this week.

Sun shines on ENGIE and TfL deal

Transport for London has awarded ENGIE a contract to install solar panels with associated battery storage and to implement energy conservation measures on the TfL estate.

More to green buildings than energy savings

A Harvard University research team has concluded that green buildings can deliver billions of dollars in public health benefits, including fewer hospitalisations and reduced climate impacts.

Energy resilience: the cost of ignoring risk

UK businesses without an energy resilience strategy are risking 17% of their revenue, equating on average to £2.8m each year in damages and lost opportunities.

Energy efficiency climbing up the corporate agenda

New research carried out across 12 countries around the world shows that 70% of organisations are paying more attention to energy efficiency than a year ago and 58% are expecting to increase investments next year.

Building 'Fitbit' saves BT thousands

The telecommunications group has significantly improved energy efficiency and building performance following a digital retrofit programme at a key building in Leeds.

BAM Energy funds largest solar panel installation to date

BAM FM's energy division has funded the installation of a 140.25 kWp PV system at the new Three Rivers Academy in Surrey, which is currently being built by BAM Construction.

ENGIE scoops Yorkshire energy deal

Yorkshire Water has appointed ENGIE to supply energy and services to help reduce £53m in electricity costs.

A buyer's side look at NG Bailey's Landsec win

NG Bailey's Facilities Services division secured a five-year contract with property developer and investor Land Securities in April. Client advisor GVA has offered some insight into how that came about.

Inviron takes over Harrogate energy contract

The Imtech Group's technical FM business has kicked off its 25-year management contract with the Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, taking over responsibility for the operation of a new Energy Centre.

Uncertainty blocking energy investment

Large British businesses and public sector organisations report that political uncertainty and difficulties gaining boardroom approval are presenting major barriers to making energy investments.

Energy guidelines published

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has published long-awaited guidance on the minimum level of energy efficiency required to let non-domestic property. Melanie Kendall-Reid, Compliance Director at Carbon2018, explains.

Getting to grips with the energy challenge

Sometimes the hardest part about getting a job done is making the right start. But getting that start right can open the door to implementation of a strategy that will deliver benefits on the way to the ultimate objective.

Energy efficiency moves to mainstream concern

A new report form CoreNet, the corporate real estate professionals group, argues that moves to increase energy efficiency are now less about costs and more about wider strategic issues.

BRE partners on cross-Europe energy study

The Watford-based building research and information group is teaming up with 14 partners in 12 countries on a four-year project that aims to close the gap between predicted and actual energy performance in buildings.

ENGIE: full steam ahead

ENGIE has been awarded a contract to design, build, operate and maintain a new steam-raising energy centre at Huntsman Corporation's plant in Wilton, Redcar.

Making ESOS audits count

A new briefing paper from built environment group BRE in collaboration with the Energy Services and Technology Association tackles the question of how organisations can benefit from the opportunities that ESOS audits offer.

On air

BRE, the building research group, has published the results of a two-year government-backed study of air conditioning trends and costs in UK offices and retail environments.

New tools focus on data centre performance

The Green Grid, the global group focused on enhancing data centre performance, has developed a new tool designed to help managers be better informed in order to make better decisions about design and operations.

Nisbet to lead Mitie Energy

Mitie has appointed Peter Nisbet as Director of Energy in a move designed to consolidate services and drive growth.

New online qualification in energy management

The Energy Institute, the chartered professional membership body for the global energy sector, now offers an online qualification in energy management.

Green building movement targets net zero

The World Green Building Council has launched an ambitious project that aims to ensure all buildings are 'net zero' by 2050.

Energy efficiency rising up corporate agendas fast

The 2016 Johnson Controls Energy Efficiency Indicator survey shows interest and investment in energy efficiency are at an all-time high.

Energy professionals warn on policy and practice

UK energy professionals say energy policy continuity is the biggest challenge for their sector today. They also express scepticism about the ability to meet the targets set last December in the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

Spending money to save money

With the focus on energy consumption here to stay and building performance regulations set to change in 2018, solutions are needed. The good news is some offer a way around the burden of heavy investment.

Robertson appointed to national energy framework

The group's energy management division has become one of 16 suppliers on the RE:FIT scheme, the national retrofitting programme aimed at reducing energy bills in the public sector.

NG Bailey drives down landlord's energy use

A 12-month energy reduction scheme for Land Securities, delivered by NG Bailey, has led to a 9% fall in energy use at a number of the property company's key London sites.

Everybody needs good NABERS

Australia's highly successful energy-use-in-buildings programme is to be piloted for application in the UK.

JLL slashes energy use

The real estate services company has reduced energy use across its UK estate by 38%, more than tripling the 10% target the group had set itself.

ENGIE and Cheshire East in low-carbon district energy JV

ENGIE has teamed up with its facilities management client, Cheshire East Council, to create a new joint venture company to promote eco-efficient district heating networks.

Energy efficiency: neglected opportunities?

Cutting consumption seems to be the default position for much of the pro-sustainability argument and certainly much of government policy and regulation. But simply turning things off could mean opportunities to run more efficiently are missed.

Incentive extends energy services offer

Incentive Carbon Management has partnered with Pearlstone Energy, one of the UK's leading demand response aggregators, to extend the services provided to customers.


ENGIE has been appointed to construct, operate and maintain gas-fired combined heat and power energy centres for three NHS Trusts, as well as carrying out site-wide upgrades to energy-consuming equipment.

ISS plugs into Aberdeenshire deal

Aberdeenshire Council, one of Scotland's largest councils, has awarded a three-plus-two energy services contract to ISS.

CIBSE slams government energy policy

A lack of consistent policymaking and disjointed attempts at delivery are behind past failures of energy efficiency policy, says the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers.

ENGIE acquires digital energy management specialist

ENGIE has announced the acquisition of C3 Resources, a digital energy management specialist based in Plymouth.

Local government partner

Given the financial challenges facing local councils in our post-recession world, insights and advice from private sector partners should be more than welcome, especially when it comes to complex and technical areas like energy.

World's largest retrofit project launches

The world's largest collaborative project on building renovation has been officially launched by Green Building Councils across Europe in a bid to tackle one of the region's biggest climate challenges: existing buildings.

BAM FM launches energy division

BAM Energy Limited will draw on expertise from all BAM Construct divisions to offer the design, installation, management and maintenance of energy-efficient systems, as well as support with finance.

Robertson unveils new energy division

The Robertson Group has appointed Graeme Cameron as its first Energy Director. Cameron will run a new energy services business operating within Robertson Facilities Management.

ESOS: so, how did we do?

A week after the extended deadline for compliance with the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme it appears that about 60% of the estimated 10,000 companies that should be taking action have in fact done so.

ESOS deadline is Friday

The official date for compliance with the requirements of the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme was 5 December, but the Environment Agency agreed to let that slip to 29 January.

What is a 'green building' anyway?

According to the World Green Building Council, here in Europe we may get a new, updated and broader based definition, thanks to the European Commission.

UKGBC turns focus on better building performance

The UK Green Building Council is launching a new research project that will tackle the way industry currently designs, constructs and operates non-domestic buildings.

Ultra low energy buildings commitment unveiled

Sixteen leading built environment companies have signed up to a new energy efficiency commitment targeting delivery of 'nearly zero energy buildings'.

Arthur McKay rolls out energy management certification

The building support services company has achieved ISO 50001 certification across the organisation.

UK looks to Australia for energy advice

A research team, backed by UK landlords group the Better Buildings Partnership, is studying an Australian programme that appears to have cracked the energy 'performance gap' problem.

ISS UK gains energy certification

ISS UK has achieved ISO 50001 certification across the organisation, demonstrating commitment to continuous improvement in energy efficiency and carbon reduction in all operations including the ISS estate.

Bristol Energy appoints managing director

Norfolk and Suffolk Councils have both launched support service businesses. Bristol City Council has gone down a different commercial route with the launch of an energy company.

BSRIA calls for single point of contact on carbon

In a recently launched white paper on the issues involved in achieving carbon targets the building services group sets out the challenge of making progress in a confusing policy climate.

Servest buys energy business

Facilities management service provider Servest has acquired the energy efficiency business Llewellyn Smith to further expand its energy management offer.

Vivark unveils energy services

Merseyside's social enterprise FM provider has launched a new business stream.

powerPerfector finds a buyer

The once high-flying London-based energy efficiency company has been acquired out of administration by an investment group.

NHS: huge scope to reduce energy consumption

Millions of pounds could be cut from NHS running costs if estate managers take a closer look at how their heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems are performing.

Putting more energy into FM

There's a strong argument to be made for more integration in the delivery of FM and energy services. Apart from the logic of complementary service areas, there's the opportunity to strengthen the case for both through greater impact on the bottom line.

Energy efficiency: EPC legislation is only the start

With new energy efficiency regulations in mind, industry experts from corporate real estate gathered in London last week to consider whether Energy Performance Certificates are up to the job government expects them to do.

Convergence: FM and energy services

Uniting clients' needs for support and advice in FM and energy into a single integrated service solution seems an obvious step, even 'the next big thing' for facilities management. But it takes an exceptional service provider to really deliver.

JLL to buy energy specialist

More evidence, if any is needed, that energy is 'the next big thing' in the built environment advice and support sector.

Energy legislation website launched

Carbon2018 has unveiled the Energy Legislation Hub, an online platform dedicated to providing the UK commercial property sector with access to free, impartial information on current and future energy compliance issues.

Imtech in 25-year healthcare win

The technical services provider has been appointed by Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust as its energy performance partner.

Companies worry about energy 'trilemma'

New research from business advisors PwC finds senior decision-makers at major corporates focused on all aspects of energy sourcing and supply, and expecting a new emphasis on renewables and clean tech over the next five years.

Two new energy concepts to be piloted at Canary Wharf

Two smart cities innovators, Demand Logic and SEaB Energy, have been selected to pilot their technologies at Canary Wharf after winning the second phase of the Cognicity Challenge.

CBRE still on the acquisition trail

The property services group has acquired Environmental Systems Inc, a major systems integrator and provider of energy management services in the United States.

BSRIA: 15 simple carbon reducing tips

Non-domestic buildings in the UK are responsible for about a fifth of the country's total carbon emissions, writes Peter Tse, Senior Design Consultant, Sustainable Construction Group at BSRIA.

Global BEMS market value heading for $7bn

New research from BSRIA finds that the global building energy management systems (BEMS) market is set to double in value over the next five years.

15 simple carbon reducing tips

Following the release of the latest report by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, highlighting the need to reduce carbon, BSRIA has compiled some useful tips on how to do just that.

Energy Institute to provide first ESOS asessors

The Energy Institute has been approved by the Environment Agency to qualify Lead Assessors under the government's Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme.

Tesco targets energy for savings

Given recent financial news, the retailing group may be pleased with its decision to award an energy management contract focusing specifically on cost-saving opportunities.

LEDs and EPCs: the time is right

When trends intersect it is often time to act. That may be the case as the line tracing the continued demand to control energy consumption crosses the steady development of lighting technology.

Shed some light where you need it

What happens when occupier requirements change after building systems have been designed and installed? Of course they often do; so what we need are systems that can change, too, without huge cost penalties.

London gets more money for energy efficiency

London Mayor Boris Johnson has confirmed a further investment of almost £12m to expand the programme to retrofit buildings across the capital, making them more energy efficient and reducing carbon emissions.

Manufacturers seriously worried about energy cost

Nearly 80% of the UK's manufacturing sector views energy as a business-critical issue in the year ahead, and nearly 90% routinely discuss energy management at board level.

Energy Institute offers ESOS guide

The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme mandates energy assessments for large organisations and will affect thousands of them.

EPSRC backs new research to improve energy efficiency

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council is to fund research that will address how to use technology, information, mathematics, law and sociology to create better energy strategies and behaviours in the non-domestic building stock.

Shedding some (energy efficient) light on the subject

Accommodation provider and manager Unite Students has appointed Philips Lighting to install LED lighting across its 120-property portfolio.

ISS delivers award-winning energy savings

ISS Facility Services in Ireland is celebrating the success of an innovative energy efficiency project for Citi, the global banking group.

G4S secures Hertfordshire energy deal

G4S Carbon & Energy Solutions, part of the group's facilities management business, has won a two-year contract to provide energy management services to the University of Hertfordshire.

PwC: oil fired

ISS Facility Services is to work with its client, the professional services firm PwC, to collect and re-use waste cooking oil as a carbon-friendly energy source.

Carbon Trust hails new ESOS regulations

The Carbon Trust is calling on British businesses 'to save billions' on their energy bills through implementing the most cost-effective energy efficiency opportunities identified through the new Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme.

East Cheshire Trust partners to cut carbon and cost

A project by East Cheshire NHS Trust to transform its energy infrastructure across two hospitals will shrink its carbon footprint by approximately 30%, while delivering guaranteed cost savings of £2.5m over 15 years.

UKGBC to government: time for action

Under a UK Green Building Council banner, a long list of business leaders have called on the government to 'end the prevarication' around the introduction of mandatory energy efficiency standards for commercial buildings.

NEF damns 'persistent failure' on energy performance

The energy efficiency campaigner is gearing up to launch two new projects to help combat the UK's failure to produce non-domestic buildings that combine both comfort and excellent energy performance.

NG Bailey energy solution for Morrisons

NG Bailey and its partner Elutions, a US operational efficiency specialist, have signed a five-year, multi-million pound deal with supermarket group Morrisons.

CoreNet to develop energy management framework

A new research report issued jointly by CoreNet Global and the Rocky Mountain Institute lays out a framework for corporations to better manage energy use.

Making energy audits work

Too often energy audits are completed and filed, leaving the results unacknowledged and ineffective. Assuming they had some value in the first place.

BCO links energy efficiency with business performance

A new report from the British Council for Offices sets out to demonstrate the benefits of energy efficient offices and the positive impact they can have on employee productivity.

Don't just blame the facilities manager

In February, a joint survey by the BIFM and National Energy Foundation found that while FM professionals are fully committed to reducing energy consumption, they lack the metering and monitoring tools to do so effectively.

Retail property body slams Green Deal

The Green Deal is not fit for purpose for the commercial property sector, according to the British Council of Shopping Centres.

New forum targets energy performance gap

A new forum designed to support building professionals working on energy issues has been launched.

Honeywell guarantees Peterborough contract

Peterborough City Council has awarded a 15-year energy performance contract to Honeywell covering system upgrades and guaranteed savings.

FMs lack energy saving tools

FM professionals are highly committed to maximising energy improvements but lack metering and monitoring tools to establish accurate baselines and track progress.

Incentive lands energy saving deal

Incentive FM Group's Carbon Management division has signed a six figure deal with Renaissance Care (Scotland) to reduce the organisation's energy costs and carbon footprint.

Rampton Hospital warms to Cofely

Cofely has been awarded a Carbon Energy Fund framework contract by Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust to construct, operate and maintain a new energy centre at Rampton Hospital.

Saving energy: just ask

The Carbon Trust argues that UK workplaces are missing out on more than £300m a year in savings that could be achieved through encouraging employees to adopt behaviours that cut energy use and waste.

BIFM offers energy management advice

The British Institute of Facilities Management has published a new 'Energy Audits' Good Practice Guide.

Act now on energy efficiency

Government must act urgently to help UK businesses improve the energy efficiency of their buildings if huge economic and environmental opportunities are not to be missed, a new cross-party report warns.

Bright future for on-site energy generation

Electricity and heat generated from recycled food waste, wind turbines and solar panels will save UK businesses £33bn between 2010 and 2030 and cut carbon emissions significantly, according to a new study.

CIBSE calls for action on EPB regs

CIBSE reports that lack of enforcement of Energy Performance of Buildings Regulations is both costing money and undermining green strategies.

New research on energy and FM

The British Institute of Facilities Management and the National Energy Foundation have launched a survey designed to explore FMs' experiences and expectations around improving the use of energy in buildings.

B&ES welcomes energy audit plans

The Building & Engineering Services Association has thrown its weight behind proposals for a single definitive energy audit scheme operating on a UK-wide basis.

Re-energise the green agenda: report

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment has backed the government's flagship green policy, but says it urgently needs to be reviewed.

Schal reminds on DECs

New government legislation brought in earlier this year requires all public buildings over 500 square metres to have a Display Energy Certificate in place.

Can smart meters deliver real change?

Sunil Shah writes: By the end of the decade the aim is for all public and private sector organisations in the UK to have smart meters in place to help manage energy. We need to know how to make them more effective than they currently are.

Companies want better energy data

Global spending on energy management by large corporations will hold steady through 2014, according to new international research.

UK businesses worry about energy

95% of firms are concerned about the cost of energy and 90% are concerned about security of supply, according new CBI/KPMG research.

E.ON to buy management specialist

More moves in the energy management marketplace. Energy provider E.ON is set to acquire Matrix, a leading player in energy management and energy efficiency services for commercial buildings.

DTZ adds strategic energy services team

Property advisor DTZ has extended its energy offer with the creation of a strategic services team with a UK-wide remit.

GVA warns on energy futures

A new research report from the property advisors argues that energy capacity in the UK will come under increasing pressure, presenting the 'very real' possibility of government-orchestrated nationwide blackouts by 2015.

Carillion unveils energy efficiency jv

Support services company Carillion has signed a joint venture agreement with energy solutions provider Breathe Energy.

Minister champions Green Deal partnership

Rt Hon Greg Barker MP has welcomed a unique partnership between community interest company Energise Barnet and support services provider Carillion to deliver London's first social enterprise-led Green Deal programme.

Green retrofit programme launched

The new Green Retrofit Investment Programme has up to £100m available for investment in building retrofit projects and energy infrastructure projects where clear energy and carbon emissions savings will result.

EDF partners with SPIE to cut energy

EDF Energy has appointed engineering contractor SPIE UK to support it in meeting growing customer demand for its energy saving services.

London councils find energy savings

Research commissioned by the West London Alliance and carried out by built environment scientists at BRE has highlighted energy saving opportunities of up to 25% of current use.

£250m energy savings for catering industry

New analysis from the Carbon Trust shows the UK catering industry could save over a quarter of a billion pounds in energy costs every year through optimising kitchen equipment, improving equipment use and tailoring their menu options.

MITIE launches integrated energy offer

The group has brought together two divisions to develop a new integrated energy services package.

Focus on energy efficiency grows

New global research released by Johnson Controls shows corporate decision-makers increasingly interested in energy efficiency in buildings, with the figures up over 100% since 2010.

Cutting energy use must top agenda

Real action to reduce energy consumption and deliver cost savings through common sense and rapidly achievable measures must be a national priority, CIBSE says.

NG Bailey milking project work

NG Bailey has completed the second phase of work at Arla's new flagship dairy in Aylesbury, delivering an innovative, purpose-built energy centre.

Energy management: the key is people

It is a misconception that the responsibility for the success of your energy policy is in the hands of your energy manager.

Putting energy into FM

Asset Skills has been commissioned to review the existing National Occupational Standards for facilities management, with the aim of ensuring that energy management and efficiency are fully reflected in the content.

Johnson Controls in new energy offer

Johnson Controls Global WorkPlace Solutions has launched a new energy services offer designed to help large corporates reduce energy consumption and meet carbon reduction targets.

Leeds launches vast Green Deal scheme

The 11 councils that make up the Leeds City Region have launched the country's largest Green Deal scheme, a £100 million initiative designed to help domestic and non-domestic properties reduce energy bills and cut carbon emissions.

Energy control pays off for DIO

A CarillionEnterprise-developed specialist Energy Bureau is enabling energy use at 35 of the highest energy consuming sites in the MoD's Regional Prime Contract Central to be remotely managed.

Cofely in hot deal at Dow

Cofely has been awarded a long-term contract to operate and maintain the combined heat and power energy centre at Dow Corning's facility in Barry, South Wales.

Cambridge energy programme finds funding

MITIE has been appointed to develop and operate a new energy centre for Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust after helping to secure £36 million in funding for it.

NG Bailey slashes law firm bill

The engineering group's Facilities Services division has cut the electricity bill at global law firm Linklaters by £65,000 in five months.

CarbonBuzz opens the door to ideas

The web-based platform that enables users to store, share and compare energy performance and the related costs and emissions of built assets is planning improvements and wants to hear ideas.

Europa launches energy division

The company's new Energy and Environmental division absorbs its existing energy contracts and creates a new holistic approach to energy management solutions.

Electricity bills likely to rise 5%

A leading energy purchasing consultancy is forecasting a 5% climb in electricity costs for 2013.

New EPC regs in force

Small changes under the Energy Performance of Buildings Regulations, coming into effect this week, have pushed the public awareness of energy consumption forward, if only slightly.

13 for RE:FIT framework

RE:FIT, the Mayor of London's scheme encouraging public bodies to cut operational costs and energy consumption by upgrading their buildings, has named 13 contractors to its framework deal.

Carillion signs Birmingham green deal

The company will work with Birmingham City Council as its exclusive delivery partner to improve the energy and carbon efficiency of up to 60,000 households across the city, together with schools and other council properties.

EPCs not up to the job: report

A four-year research study, carried out by Jones Lang LaSalle with the support of the Better Buildings Partnership, has found that Energy Performance Certificates are not effective tools in the campaign to reduce carbon.

Energy efficiency strategy promises 'revolution'

DECC has published the nation's first comprehensive energy strategy, promising that it will lead to a revolution in UK energy efficiency.

Seeing the big picture in building management

Cost pressures and the ongoing focus on 'doing more for less' can bring with them a new level of risk for FMs and building services engineers.

NG Bailey partners for energy solutions

NG Bailey has signed an exclusive partnership deal with US company Elutions to launch an energy solution that guarantees cost reductions for customers through a reduction in energy use.

Carillion selected for Birmingham Green Deal

The support services company has been named as the preferred bidder for the Birmingham Energy Savers scheme.

Energy efficiency means economic benefits

Reducing energy consumption and cutting the associated carbon impacts are good things on their own; but they also translate into hard cash.

How-to advice on energy management

If you've ever wished that someone would produce a good, brief introduction to the issues that need consideration in developing an energy strategy, this could be your lucky day.

Nationwide tackles staff on carbon cuts

The UK biggest building society plans to engage its 15,000 staff via a new bespoke online tool aimed at increasing energy efficiency, reducing costs and cutting carbon.

CRC: £99K in fines for failing to report

If you ever questioned whether the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme had any teeth, or would use them, the answer is yes.

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Sunderland tackles sustainability

Sunderland A.F.C. is a case study in using facilities analytics to meet sustainability targets.

Net zero: more action needed now

The government’s latest Net Zero Review warned that delaying decarbonisation is a risk to UK jobs, infrastructure and investment.

Coping with summer heat

According to the Meteorological Office, 2022 is predicted to be one of the hottest years ever recorded.

FM holds the key to net zero carbon

There are about 30 million buildings in the UK which, in total, are responsible for around 30% of our national emissions, giving buildings an integral role in the UK’s decarbonisation challenge.

Going green: from old to bold

Reports that we might miss out on net zero carbon targets as a country have served as an alert for all industries to do better, including the commercial property industry.

Keep your energy bill in check

How to protect your business from unexpected energy price changes is going to be a serious issue in 2022. Pradyumna Pandit offers insights and advice.

Staying on top of sustainability this Christmas

It’s easy to forget our sustainability practices when winding down for the end of the year, but the festive period doesn’t need to have a big impact on the planet.

Achieving net zero in a post-lockdown environment

Last summer, as a result of the Covid-19 lockdown, carbon emissions fell by over 10% compared to 2019, as offices, shops and leisure centres were forced to close.

Realising sustainability ambitions

The commercial property market will have a key role to play in helping the UK achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. But how do we start moving towards such a seemingly daunting goal?

Is there a future for hydrogen?

As we decide how we are going to fuel sustainable communities in the future, the fact is there is no single outright winner amongst the options.

Demand side response: what’s not to like?

I have worked in the energy sector for over 15 years. In all that time, I cannot recall when climate change, sustainability and energy were such hot topics of discussion.

Smart meters smarter with AI

Bjoern Reinke outlines how businesses can use new technologies to become safer, greener and more competitive.

Is your business fleet doing enough to reach zero carbon?

The vehicles on our roads have a major role to play in achieving the government’s zero carbon targets. Emissions from vehicles are significant contributors to air pollution and climate change. The experts at ENGIE explain.

ESOS Phase 2: are you ready?

The compliance period for Phase 2 of the Energy Savings Opportunities Scheme is currently underway, with less than nine months until the deadline. Stuart Denton-Brown discusses how businesses can act now to make the process smoother.

Smart start for smart buildings

The benefits of smart buildings are well recognised but organisations in the public and private sectors are under pressure to focus their capital on other investments. Gary Thompson outlines a solution.

Three ways to make a building energy efficient

In the world of facilities management, energy efficiency is a theme that is growing ever more important. With an anticipated surge in energy bills, clients are now expecting FM professionals to provide solutions to their energy management problems.

Intelligent management: the key to a sustainable future?

Cities could be humanity's biggest challenge or our best opportunity; regardless, we are experiencing rapid expansion of urban populations. And the buildings that exist within these areas are guzzling up the world's finite resources.

Smart data, efficient schools, improved performance

George Adams and Liam Rock explore some of the complexity of applying big data principles in an education setting, a challenge that promises significant benefits.

New energy standards: are you ready?

From April 2018, a new legal standard for minimum energy efficiency will apply to rented commercial buildings. Carl Ghinn explains the benefits and risks involved for facilities managers.

A brief history of Carillion

Recently, Carillion reported pre-tax losses of £1.153m for the first half of 2017. It is the latest chapter in the sometimes tumultuous history of one of the FM market's most active businesses.

Sustainable strategies

Amanda Williams reports on energy management initiatives introduced on the Defence National Training Estate.

Unlocking energy bill savings

Energy efficiency doesn't need to cost the earth. With some savvy planning, a few easy wins can help initiate a cascade of money-saving projects. Brendon Airey explains.

Increasing heat, not greenhouse gases

Time is running out for landlords of both commercial and private premises: the Energy Efficiency Regulations 2015 require that from 1 April 2018 privately-let commercial and domestic properties meet a minimum energy efficiency standard.

Making energy efficiency work

Energy consumption is increasingly being understood but efficiency is the poor relation, often with only simple measures being deployed. Sunil Shah makes the case for a change of focus.

The energy pay-off

How can local authorities use energy performance efficiency improvements to create savings at a time of public sector austerity? Bouygues Energies & Services' Michael Still and Miles Messenger discuss the initiatives that can make this happen.

ESOS and what to do about it

If this is the first time that you have heard of ESOS, the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme, and you are a large enterprise then you might be in for a shock. Andrew Sparrow explains.

Keeping Pace with Energy Management

2015 has already proved to be a significant year for anyone operating in the energy sector.

Not All EPCs are the Same

Marcus Brodin explains why an energy performance contract from an experienced solutions provider can offer a number of advantages over traditional procurement models.

How to Avoid Stranded Investments in Intelligent Buildings

Mike Welch explains why it makes commercial sense to adopt a more flexible, open approach to the control and management of lighting systems today.

Environmentally Fit

David Lloyd Leisure has a commitment to reduce its CO2 output in 2014 by 20% from its 2010 baseline. Lighting is a key target.

It's Not Just About Energy

Geoff Prudence shares some insights into opportunities for effective building services engineering as part of the FM offering in the coming years.

Seasonal Opportunities

New European efficiency legislation for air conditioning systems coming into force next year may present opportunities for facilities managers.

Energy Management 101

Mark Hobbins offers a quick guide to developing your strategy to improve efficiency and cut costs.

Lighting the Future

How many facilities managers know that lighting is the second biggest consumer of energy in any building?

Lessons from Higher Education

Research into carbon reduction needs and strategies at UK universities has produced insights that apply to all large organisations.

Saving School Infrastructure

Britain's schools, much like the economy in general, are currently in a tough financial position.

Trendsetter: Morrisons goes LED

When Morrisons decided to pilot a low carbon superstore, one of the biggest challenges facing the flagship project was breaking with tradition, including a pioneering a new approach to lighting.

Taking a Lead on Energy

A more responsible and strategic approach towards energy efficiency in the workplace is increasingly becoming essential for forward-thinking organisations.

Energy Efficient Building Services

Sustainability is a word that you can’t miss these days. Whether it's the full agenda or just energy issues, many companies are doing good work in this area.

Giving Buildings a New Life

Refurbishing existing buildings might not sound exciting, but it sits right at the top of the political agenda.

Reducing the CRC Impact

The CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme (now officially 'formerly known as the Carbon Reduction Commitment') has certainly changed with the times.

FM's Role in Reducing Emissions

Facilities managers are in the driving seat when it comes to achieving substantial reductions in carbon emissions.

Emerging Issues in Energy

Over the past 10 years, energy has garnered more attention and awareness in both the media and political arena. Sarah Beacock highlights some current trends and where they are headed.

EPCs Set to Bite

With continued emphasis at UK and EU levels on going green, it won't be long before commercial Energy Performance Certificates are given some teeth.

Make the CRC Work For You

Can you make the latest carbon reduction obligation work in support of your CSR policies and your profitability? Yes, you can.

CRC: Friend or Foe?

The Carbon Reduction Commitment is looming on the horizon. Implementation will be complex, and there's mixed news on preparation at many that will be affected.

Action Time for Carbon Reduction

Reducing carbon emissions is moving up the agenda. This can mean significant operational savings, too.

Data Centre Cost Control

New initiatives target rising power consumption in critical facilities. Mike West explains.

Data Centres and the Green Challenge

Green IT has to be an initiative that results in positive bottom line impact, or it is doomed to failure. Owen Cole argues the case.

Sustainability in the Workplace

Christine Taylor summarises the findings of new research into how organisations are responding to the need to cut energy use and become more environmentally responsible.

New Energy Regulations: What Next?

Samantha McDonough writes: EPCs and DECs are just the start. Expect further moves from the EU - and our own government - to tighten the focus on energy performance in buildings.

What Should You do about Renewables?

Sunil Shah writes: The European Union has set a 20% renewable energy target across all member states by 2020, with the UK needing to provide 15% against a current level of 1.3% supply for overall energy consumption. How are we to reach that target?

EPBD Impact

Stuart Bowman writes: The requirements of the EPBD and Part L will continue to get tougher, but developing ways in which to improve energy efficiency beyond good practice and towards best practice now will make facing new challenges easier in the future.

Planning for Renewables

Frank Booty writes: Incorporating renewable energy sources into new buildings is not only beneficial in attempting to reduce carbon emissions but is also becoming a planning and building regulations requirement.

Making The Case

With gas and electricity prices rising and water in short supply, why are public and private sector occupiers not embracing the advantages of energy efficient strategies for their buildings? PFM joins in the debate.

Practical Approaches to Saving Energy and Money

Mike Sewell puts the case for bringing in the experts when it comes to sourcing utilities at least cost and cutting energy consumption at the same time.

A springboard not a hurdle

A new European directive on energy performance comes into force in three years time. Adrian Leaman, a member of the audit and certification project team, says that by making building performance visible it could start to make a difference

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Energy: back to basics

The best defence against rising costs is getting the fundamentals right and adopting a risk management frame of mind.

The imperative of energy efficiency in commercial buildings

COP28 highlighted the importance of ensuring that the built environment is aligned with net zero obligations.

Navigating the transition to renewable energy

The transition to renewable energy is fundamental to the UK’s net zero 2050 commitment, writes Richard Henderson.

MEES deadline – will you sink or swim?

The UK’s new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard comes into play in just over six months. Property owners and occupiers need to be aware.

Is a net zero financial centre realistic?

A few months ago, the ex-chancellor promised to make Britain the ‘world’s first net zero-aligned financial centre’.

Energy management: making it work

Energy is on every FM's agenda. But actually achieving the goals of efficiency and cost reduction almost certainly requires some fresh thinking. Paul Lynch explains what's needed.

Energy efficient partnerships

A recent survey conducted by the BIFM and the National Energy Foundation shows that facilities managers must improve their approach to energy efficiency. But it is not their responsibility alone, argues Phil Shepley.

The economic benefits of energy efficiency

The need to save on energy costs, ensure compliance with legislation and satisfy stakeholder's expectations is a growing concern for business and for FM.

Making data centres work

Data centre facilities management has traditionally been about planned servicing and maintenance, but that is now changing.

Rising to the Energy Challenge

If you are confused in any way about the issues surrounding the management of energy in buildings, you are not alone.