Energy audit for Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Looking at energy usage on police properties

Project duration: November 2011 to July 2012

Following the launch of its first five-year Carbon Management Programme in April 2011, Avon and Somerset Constabulary wanted to take action to move towards its target of 30% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2016. By doing this, the Force also hoped to benefit from around £8.8 million in cost avoidance and financial savings over five years.

With an estate of some 68 widely-dispersed buildings of varying age and design, good practice in carbon and energy management will be vital to meeting these targets.

To help identify further specific actions to take, Avon and Somerset Constabulary commissioned CSE to undertake energy and water audits at six key sites across the estate, including the Headquarters site at Portishead. Each of these audits included a technical assessment of opportunities for energy efficiency measures, a review of the potential for on-site energy generation, and a review of strategic energy management practices.

Our recommendations

Here are the strategic energy management recommendations that we made for all six sites:

  • Introduce a written energy strategy document consistent with the Force’s Carbon Management Plan
  • Draw up a more formal energy management role for maintenance staff
  • Establish regular energy-themed meetings to review action planning with relevant staff
  • Allocate ring-fenced funding for energy efficiency projects
  • Introduce a specific policy for new developments/refurbishments requiring advanced standards of sustainable construction
  • Introduce a general policy on the procurement of goods and services
  • Establish regular communication of energy performance results to staff and visitors
  • Consider a route towards Force accreditation to an appropriate energy/environmental standard
  • Review management of all gas and electricity consumption data streams
  • Undertake a detailed review into options for sub-metering and a monitoring and targeting scheme prior to implementation
  • Explore opportunities for cost savings with staff responsible for energy procurement
  • Continue to maintain and develop the Green Champion network and staff Energy Awareness Campaign

Next steps for improved energy efficiency

The sites were a varied bunch, and each one presented its own specific energy challenges. We recommended a variety of energy efficiency and renewable energy measures, along with estimated carbon and financial savings for each site. Those that the Constabulary has now carried out, or that they plan to implement, include:

  • A Building Management System (BMS) upgrade
  • Site-wide submetering
  • A biomass heating system
  • Solar PV systems
  • Clarification of energy management roles and responsibilities
  • Regular multi-disciplinary energy themed meetings
  • Progress towards an environmental standard, use of an energy bureau and automated monitoring and targeting
  • A Force building energy statement
  • Review of maximum demand/availability charges

Do you need an energy audit?
Could we help your organisation decrease its carbon footprint and energy costs? Contact Janine Michael to ask about energy audits.

For further information contact:

Martin Holley | 0117 934 1419

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