London’s Mayor, Boris Johnson, has committed the city to targets that could make it the greenest conurbation in the world by reducing the capital’s CO₂ emissions and energy consumption by 60% by 2025.
A major contribution to this target will be through the Greater London Authority’s retrofitting scheme, known as RE:FIT, which is equipping public sector buildings with new energy saving technology. The scheme could lead to a reduction of 100,000 tonnes of CO₂ emissions by 2015.
As part of the RE:FIT programme, PA and our strategic partner, Turner & Townsend plc, provides a single point of expertise. We help participating authorities understand how the scheme can be applied to their assets and provide support during the preparation of tenders and the procurement of suppliers. We oversee all projects being undertaken through RE:FIT, reporting back on their overall impact and success so new public sector retrofit schemes can learn from its progress.
Potential energy and cost savings are substantial. Across organisations that participated in the pilot, savings of over 7,000 tonnes of CO₂ per annum, generating annual cost savings of more than £1M, were identified.
A further 297 public sector buildings are now being retrofitted to become more energy efficient, with a total target of 600 buildings by 2015. These include town halls, libraries and museums, and could lead to estimated savings of up to £6M on energy bills each year with reductions of 36,000 tonnes of carbon – the equivalent of taking around 60,000 vehicles off London’s roads.
To find out more about how the RE:FIT programme can help your organisation save money and become more energy efficient, please contact us now.