A funding extension from Innovate UK will enable progress on plans for a town-wide, smart local energy system in Rugeley, Staffordshire.
Planned investments in energy efficiency, renewable energy and smart building technology are returning to pre-pandemic levels.
Businesses that own or operate electricity generation systems have just four weeks left to apply for funding to help them update their equipment.
According to new research, proposed legislative energy targets could cost UK office landlords upwards of £40 per sq ft.
The services group has helped Barnsley Council secure £1.3m from the government’s Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme.
Large and medium-sized organisations cite improving sustainability as one of the three biggest challenges they face.
Research indicates that 9 in 10 buildings in the UK and Ireland must be digitally retrofitted to achieve net zero by 2050.
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.
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.
Leaders of the CBI, the TUC and major green groups have called on the government to implement the Glasgow climate pact.
Property services group JLL is advocating a change in the regulations to encourage energy efficiency.
Cranfield University has signed a contract to install the biggest second-life battery storage system to date in the UK.
Contracts to deliver a heat network project at Comberton Village College in Cambridge have been agreed.
EcoSync, a dynamic energy management platform that adapts temperature control to changing occupancy levels, has attracted substantial new investment.
The world-leading energy rating scheme for UK offices is ready for use.
The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard consultation, which closed in June, is designed to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions in England and Wales.
Energy performance in commercial real estate is improving but has some way to go to meet upcoming targets.
Bouygues Energies & Services has completed a partnership with Redcar & Cleveland Borough to replace 90% of its street lighting with LED lights.
A new survey invites feedback on market drivers, expectations and characteristics for a potential net zero carbon buildings verification scheme.
A new white paper explains how innovative technology can help organisations transform their commercial buildings into a virtual power plant.
ENGIE has been reappointed to provide the construction materials group with 100% UK renewable electricity.
Leeds City Council has selected the energy and water services company to provide support in delivering a £14m carbon reduction upgrade.
Aberdeen City Council has awarded a three-way partnership the contract to deliver a decarbonisation retrofit scheme across 100 social housing properties.
The Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy aims to slash emissions by two-thirds in just 15 years.
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.
The company has qualified for all four lots of the ETL Net Zero Carbon Delivery Framework.
The UK Green Building Council has published guidance on the procurement of high-quality renewable energy and carbon offsets.
The group’s Secure Infrastructure business is strengthening its technical compliance and energy management capability to support growing customer needs.
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 has secured a contract to deliver 1,000 high power electric vehicle charging points for the hotels operator.
Bouygues Energies & Services has been selected as a preferred contractor on a new zero carbon framework.
The NG Bailey Group company has completed the acquisition of HV Services from its parent, Fundamentals Limited.
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.
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.
The Estate says it is committed to addressing the environmental emergency by aligning to the 1.5°C goal of the Paris Climate Agreement.
A new scheme for rating the operational energy efficiency of UK office buildings has been launched.
The plan, published last week and meant to support the UK's net zero carbon target, was broadly welcomed but with some serious reservations.
The group has launched a new service which will help social landlords to prepare their housing stock to meet zero carbon obligations.
ENGIE and its subsidiary EVBox Group have entered into a four-year partnership with Scania spanning 13 countries.
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.
ENGIE UK has achieved the Carbon Trust Triple Standard, certifying exemplary performance over the last three years in managing carbon, water and waste.
Mitie has supported Vodafone UK in saving 100 gigawatt hours of energy, equivalent to 25,000 tonnes of CO2, in just three years.
The NHS has adopted a multi-year plan to become the world's first net zero national health system.
Designed to drive progress on ambitious environmental targets, a new three-year contract covers both John Lewis and Waitrose operations.
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.
Many property professionals are not fully aware of the carbon reduction capabilities offered by their building management systems.
The property services group has committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions across all JLL-occupied buildings by 2030.
The facilities services business has appointed Jamie Hall as energy and sustainability director for its UK Sustainability division.
UK fruit producer Bardsley England has selected ENGIE as its long-term delivery partner for achieving carbon-negative produce.
Fixed-price contracts for industrial and commercial businesses are about to get much more expensive, and likely far less 'fixed' than consumers believe.
The East London business innovation campus has teamed up with a software specialist to focus on reducing energy consumption.
Pradyumna Pandit has been appointed to the newly created role of Managing Director of Sustainability and Energy Services.
Zero Carbon for Zero Cost is a new programme intended to help businesses drive a green lockdown recovery.
To mark last week's World Environment Day, Derwent FM signed up to The Climate Group's initiative on efficient energy.
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?
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.
The facilities management group has signed up to the RE100 initiative, committing to use only renewable energy across all its sites.
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.
The professional services firm has been re-appointed to lead the delivery of the Mayor of London's Retrofit Accelerator for Workplaces.
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.
The facilities management company has signed up to the EP100 energy productivity commitment.
The latest benchmarking report from the Better Buildings Partnership shows a continued fall in commercial property energy consumption.
The energy and services company has struck a deal with Heathrow Airport to replace natural gas with 100% green biomethane.
Legal & General's property investment division appointed Demand Logic as its carbon reduction partner last year. It's now counting the benefits.
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 has launched an industry-leading commitment, pledging that it will reach net zero carbon emissions by 2025.
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.
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
Energy being wasted every year by a few thousand office buildings across five UK cities could power over 100,000 homes.
ENGIE has launched a high-profile new carbon-reduction district energy centre in partnership with Newcastle City Council.
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.
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.
The UK Green Building Council has published new energy performance targets for commercial offices that are aiming to achieve net zero carbon in operation.
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.
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.
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.
The energy and services specialist has signed a long-term deal to develop and operate a new low carbon decentralised energy scheme in Edinburgh.
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.
The UK Green Building Council has launched a consultation exercise seeking feedback on proposals for energy performance targets for the offices sector.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Energies & Services has worked with Brent Borough Council to transform their street lighting, completing a 12-month investment programme in January.
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.
David Emanuel reports from the Bouygues Energies & Services 2019 Sustainability Conference.
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.
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.
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.
Imtech Inviron has been awarded a five-year mechanical, engineering & electrical contract by facilities management group Vertas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 has chosen software developer NET2GRID as the winner of the 2018 Big Pitch innovation competition.
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.
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 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.
The University of Oxford has received a first in two categories at this year's CIBSE Building Performance Awards, presented earlier this week.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The telecommunications group has significantly improved energy efficiency and building performance following a digital retrofit programme at a key building in Leeds.
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.
Yorkshire Water has appointed ENGIE to supply energy and services to help reduce £53m in electricity costs.
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.
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.
Large British businesses and public sector organisations report that political uncertainty and difficulties gaining boardroom approval are presenting major barriers to making energy investments.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Mitie has appointed Peter Nisbet as Director of Energy in a move designed to consolidate services and drive growth.
The Energy Institute, the chartered professional membership body for the global energy sector, now offers an online qualification in energy management.
The World Green Building Council has launched an ambitious project that aims to ensure all buildings are 'net zero' by 2050.
The 2016 Johnson Controls Energy Efficiency Indicator survey shows interest and investment in energy efficiency are at an all-time high.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Australia's highly successful energy-use-in-buildings programme is to be piloted for application in the UK.
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 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.
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 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.
Aberdeenshire Council, one of Scotland's largest councils, has awarded a three-plus-two energy services contract to ISS.
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 has announced the acquisition of C3 Resources, a digital energy management specialist based in Plymouth.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sixteen leading built environment companies have signed up to a new energy efficiency commitment targeting delivery of 'nearly zero energy buildings'.
The building support services company has achieved ISO 50001 certification across the organisation.
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 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.
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.
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.
Facilities management service provider Servest has acquired the energy efficiency business Llewellyn Smith to further expand its energy management offer.
Merseyside's social enterprise FM provider has launched a new business stream.
The once high-flying London-based energy efficiency company has been acquired out of administration by an investment group.
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.
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.
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.
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.
More evidence, if any is needed, that energy is 'the next big thing' in the built environment advice and support sector.
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.
The technical services provider has been appointed by Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust as its energy performance partner.
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 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.
The property services group has acquired Environmental Systems Inc, a major systems integrator and provider of energy management services in the United States.
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.
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.
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.
The Energy Institute has been approved by the Environment Agency to qualify Lead Assessors under the government's Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme mandates energy assessments for large organisations and will affect thousands of them.
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.
Accommodation provider and manager Unite Students has appointed Philips Lighting to install LED lighting across its 120-property portfolio.
ISS Facility Services in Ireland is celebrating the success of an innovative energy efficiency project for Citi, the global banking group.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 and its partner Elutions, a US operational efficiency specialist, have signed a five-year, multi-million pound deal with supermarket group Morrisons.
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.
Too often energy audits are completed and filed, leaving the results unacknowledged and ineffective. Assuming they had some value in the first place.
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.
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.
The Green Deal is not fit for purpose for the commercial property sector, according to the British Council of Shopping Centres.
A new forum designed to support building professionals working on energy issues has been launched.
Peterborough City Council has awarded a 15-year energy performance contract to Honeywell covering system upgrades and guaranteed savings.
FM professionals are highly committed to maximising energy improvements but lack metering and monitoring tools to establish accurate baselines and track progress.
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.
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.
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.
The British Institute of Facilities Management has published a new 'Energy Audits' Good Practice Guide.
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.
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 reports that lack of enforcement of Energy Performance of Buildings Regulations is both costing money and undermining green strategies.
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.
The Building & Engineering Services Association has thrown its weight behind proposals for a single definitive energy audit scheme operating on a UK-wide basis.
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.
New government legislation brought in earlier this year requires all public buildings over 500 square metres to have a Display Energy Certificate in place.
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.
Global spending on energy management by large corporations will hold steady through 2014, according to new international research.
95% of firms are concerned about the cost of energy and 90% are concerned about security of supply, according new CBI/KPMG research.
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.
Property advisor DTZ has extended its energy offer with the creation of a strategic services team with a UK-wide remit.
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.
Support services company Carillion has signed a joint venture agreement with energy solutions provider Breathe Energy.
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.
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 Energy has appointed engineering contractor SPIE UK to support it in meeting growing customer demand for its energy saving services.
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.
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.
The group has brought together two divisions to develop a new integrated energy services package.
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.
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 has completed the second phase of work at Arla's new flagship dairy in Aylesbury, delivering an innovative, purpose-built energy centre.
It is a misconception that the responsibility for the success of your energy policy is in the hands of your energy manager.
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 Global WorkPlace Solutions has launched a new energy services offer designed to help large corporates reduce energy consumption and meet carbon reduction targets.
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.
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 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.
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.
The engineering group's Facilities Services division has cut the electricity bill at global law firm Linklaters by £65,000 in five months.
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.
The company's new Energy and Environmental division absorbs its existing energy contracts and creates a new holistic approach to energy management solutions.
A leading energy purchasing consultancy is forecasting a 5% climb in electricity costs for 2013.
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.
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.
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.
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.
DECC has published the nation's first comprehensive energy strategy, promising that it will lead to a revolution in UK energy efficiency.
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 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.
The support services company has been named as the preferred bidder for the Birmingham Energy Savers scheme.
Reducing energy consumption and cutting the associated carbon impacts are good things on their own; but they also translate into hard cash.
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.
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.
If you ever questioned whether the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme had any teeth, or would use them, the answer is yes.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change is practising what it preaches with the award of a new, much improved Display Energy Certificate rating of C for its Whitehall headquarters building.
That's the message from the Carbon Trust, which argues that fabric improvements could produce a cut in energy costs of up to 15% for building occupiers.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change has published a draft report calling for stronger energy efficiency policies and arguing that the current approach will only deliver a third of the potential savings.
Global insurance group RSA is teaming up with the Carbon Trust to make energy efficiency services available to its business customers.
Data centres are no longer just the domain of the IT department, if they ever rightly were.
The hard services specialist has won the energy efficiency category at the New Jersey International Facility Management Association's first annual awards.
The hard services-led FM provider has a new offer developed specifically to meet the challenges of ever-increasing energy costs and growing UK and European legislation.
The Carbon Trust has struck a deal with the real estate advisory group to promote the implementation of energy efficiency programmes in commercial property.
The energy and sustainability consulting group has been commissioned by BNP Paribas Real Estate to implement a comprehensive energy management service covering The Crown Estate's St James's portfolio.
Eighty-five percent of building owners and operators globally rate energy management as a key driver in operational efficiency, a 34-point increase in just two years.
CIBSE President David Fisk has called for greater recognition of the need to deliver energy efficient buildings.
One year after an extensive retrofit project, New York's landmark Empire State Building is on target to cut energy use by nearly 40%, saving millions in operating costs.
An energy specialist is offering companies the opportunity to combine their purchasing power to secure better deals on gas and electricity contracts.
A research project looking at UK university carbon emission reduction programmes has generated lessons for higher education that are equally applicable to any large organisation.
National Museums Liverpool has beaten off stiff competition to win the Carbon Champion Award for its work in reducing the organisation’s carbon footprint.
MITIE has been named preferred bidder to develop and operate a new energy centre for the world renowned Addenbrooke’s Hospital.
With the Building Schools for the Future programme dead to new projects and a growing backlog of repairs and maintenance needs in existing school buildings, what are the options for actually getting things done?
Global market research firm Frost & Sullivan sees a rapid increase in the pace of convergence across energy and environment issues as these become a major theme for 2012 and beyond.
Cost control and sustainability goals have come together to put the spotlight on the efficient operation of buildings.
Eighteen businesses, green groups and professional bodies have come together to press Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Ed Davey to reconsider the UK's position on the draft European Energy Efficiency Directive.
Lighting is a critical issue in the workplace, a key factor in comfort and productivity for individuals and in maintenance requirements and energy costs for organisations.
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Millions of pounds will be saved for businesses through ambitious new proposals to simplify the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme, DECC has declared.
Amongst all the noise generated by the Chancellor's Budget announcements, Jones Lang LaSalle has noted that the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme is to be reviewed.
The government has announced that funding is to be made available to Asset Skills to deliver training for up to 1000 Green Deal advisors ahead of the programme launch.
Independent energy broker ENER-G Procurement has published the latest in a series of free guides, this one designed to help organisations avoid making mistakes when renewing energy contracts.
David Lloyd Leisure, the health and fitness group, is working to cut carbon emissions through an energy performance investment contract designed to reduce energy use and costs from the outset.
GVA, the UK's largest independent property advisor, believes that 20% of UK commercial building stock could be unlettable by 2018 if the government doesn't act to address the problem.
Minimising energy consumption and waste in the workplace in order to manage down demand must be on the action list at virtually every public and private sector organisation.
There appears to be universal agreement that the key to meeting future targets for carbon emission reductions lies in getting to grips with the inefficiency of the existing building stock.
More than 40% of commercial buildings in the UK could be in danger of failing tough new government energy standards, according to a study by property services company DTZ.
Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey has declared that energy efficiency 'has to be right at the heart of what we do'. The sustainable building association wants to know how, exactly.
A survey of the public, private and third sectors has revealed that the public sector is the most committed to reducing carbon emissions.
Major corporates are improving their own carbon performance, but they are not yet demonstrating anywhere near the same emissions reduction in their supply chains.
A new survey of over 600 UK businesses finds a significant gap between the views of directors and their energy managers on how well companies are doing in managing cost and consumption.
UK data centres are making efforts to become more energy efficient, but there is still plenty of room for improvement.
It could just be that lighting policy, everything from products specified to what gets turned on and off when, could be amongst the easiest wins for FMs looking to make progress on cost and sustainability objectives.
Business and professional groups have given a positive welcome to the government's flagship energy saving initiative but at the same time warned that serious problems lie ahead.
The energy advisor has launched a new online tool which it says could help employees to save UK businesses and public bodies £500m and two million tonnes of CO2.
Finding ways to 'green' the UK's existing building stock is critical to meeting carbon reduction targets, and it makes good business sense for the occupier.
GSH Group has won a national award in recognition of its industry-leading energy management solutions.
As Christmas lights begin to appear, the Carbon Trust is arguing that UK businesses and the public sector could make their own day-to-day lighting more efficient, saving up to £700m a year.
Over the next decade energy costs will climb by over 80% according to Balfour Beatty's specialist energy business, Power Efficiency.
Amidst all the reaction to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement comes praise and concern in equal measure from the UK Green Building Council.
This week's launch of the Green Deal, the government's scheme to 'revolutionise the energy efficiency of British properties', has been met with a mixture of enthusiasm and concern.
Calling itself the UK's fastest growing green company, powerPerfector has now claimed another milestone: £100m in saved energy spend for clients.
Given the amount of news and commentary energy expended on the Carbon Reduction Commitment over the past couple of years, the publication of the first performance league table has been a surprisingly low-key event.
The Carbon Trust has launched a new business to help companies reduce their energy costs and install greener, more efficient technology as worries grow about price rises.
The Better Buildings Partnership has published a series of best practice case studies highlighting opportunities to improve the environmental performance of existing commercial buildings.
Dialling down workplace heating by just one degree could save business and the public sector over £35m a year in unnecessary energy bills, according to new guidance published by the Carbon Trust.
The hard services group has won a four-year, multi-million dollar contract with the highly regarded Museum of Arts and Design in New York City.
Johnson Controls has won the European Energy Service Initiative’s award for Best European Energy Service Project for its retrofit of the Jewish Museum in Berlin.
About a third of big UK businesses believe that recent changes to the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme have had a negative impact on plans to invest in energy saving measures, and nearly all want to see financial incentives reinstated.
CIBSE President Andy Ford has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, calling for the introduction of Display Energy Certificates in the commercial sector.
Businesses that use refrigeration equipment could cut their energy bills by up to 20% through simple no and low cost steps, according to the Carbon Trust.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Bjoern Reinke outlines how businesses can use new technologies to become safer, greener and more competitive.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Amanda Williams reports on energy management initiatives introduced on the Defence National Training Estate.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2015 has already proved to be a significant year for anyone operating in the energy sector.
Marcus Brodin explains why an energy performance contract from an experienced solutions provider can offer a number of advantages over traditional procurement models.
Mike Welch explains why it makes commercial sense to adopt a more flexible, open approach to the control and management of lighting systems today.
David Lloyd Leisure has a commitment to reduce its CO2 output in 2014 by 20% from its 2010 baseline. Lighting is a key target.
Geoff Prudence shares some insights into opportunities for effective building services engineering as part of the FM offering in the coming years.
New European efficiency legislation for air conditioning systems coming into force next year may present opportunities for facilities managers.
Mark Hobbins offers a quick guide to developing your strategy to improve efficiency and cut costs.
How many facilities managers know that lighting is the second biggest consumer of energy in any building?
Research into carbon reduction needs and strategies at UK universities has produced insights that apply to all large organisations.
Britain's schools, much like the economy in general, are currently in a tough financial position.
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.
A more responsible and strategic approach towards energy efficiency in the workplace is increasingly becoming essential for forward-thinking organisations.
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.
Refurbishing existing buildings might not sound exciting, but it sits right at the top of the political agenda.
The CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme (now officially 'formerly known as the Carbon Reduction Commitment') has certainly changed with the times.
Facilities managers are in the driving seat when it comes to achieving substantial reductions in carbon emissions.
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.
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.
Can you make the latest carbon reduction obligation work in support of your CSR policies and your profitability? Yes, you can.
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.
Reducing carbon emissions is moving up the agenda. This can mean significant operational savings, too.
New initiatives target rising power consumption in critical facilities. Mike West explains.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.
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 need to save on energy costs, ensure compliance with legislation and satisfy stakeholder's expectations is a growing concern for business and for FM.
Data centre facilities management has traditionally been about planned servicing and maintenance, but that is now changing.