Broadgate Estates is a leading property management company, committed to high sustainability standards, which are delivered partly through occupier engagement initiatives. Gazprom Marketing & Trading is a subsidiary of one of the world’s largest energy companies.
At 20 Triton Street, Regent’s Place, property owner British Land chose to install an EP&T Global energy management system in landlord areas, as part of an initiative to upgrade energy management and improve the accuracy of utility charges. The EP&T system was chosen for its ease of use for occupiers to log on to the platform and monitor their own energy profiles alongside those of the base building. When Gazprom moved in to the building in 2011, it completed the installation of the EP&T Global energy management system in its offices. Since 2012, Gazprom has worked closely with the Broadgate Estates building management team to use data from this system to optimise lighting levels, temperatures and air quality for staff, while also utilising the data as an effective management tool to improve the operational efficiency of each of these systems.
Smart energy management
The EP&T system provides a level of detail that gives Broadgate Estates and Gazprom insights into exactly how energy is being used, and as well as highlighting trends and issues which need to be reviewed in Gazprom’s areas. These include:
- Equipment running during unnecessary hours.
- Items using more energy than expected.
- Unusual peaks and troughs in energy consumption.
The system tracks kWh consumption in terms of financial costs. Gazprom uses this information to make management decisions, such as:
- Manipulating run times.
- Adjusting light settings.
- Changing temperature controls.
- Replacing equipment.
In 2014, Gazprom engaged Phil Draper, Senior Technical and Sustainability Manager for Broadgate Estates, as an energy consultant to help the team identify further savings opportunities. Phil provided training to support the Gazprom team in maximising the benefits of the smart energy management system.
Since then, each month, Phil and the Building Engineering Manager, Mick Redmond, have met with Peter Jackson, Properties and Facilities Manager at Gazprom, to interrogate the data. Together, they assess energy consumption and review out-of-hours consumption against baseline energy loads (when all non-essential equipment is switched off) to identify opportunities to optimise efficiency.
In addition to initiatives on Gazprom floors, Broadgate Estates and Gazprom liaise closely on building-wide initiatives. Having the support of the largest occupier makes it easier for Broadgate Estates to bring others on board, particularly where capital expenditure is required. 20 Triton Street was the first building in the British Land portfolio where occupiers signed up to investment opportunities identified through ESOS audits, with Gazprom the first occupier to do so.
Financials and benefits
- Energy reductions made every year since moving in, with no disruption to working environmental conditions.
- 15% energy reduction over the last two years, saving Gazprom £36k, from £4.2k investment, and cutting CO2 emissions by 1.5 tonnes.
- Positive messages for Gazprom to share with colleagues and clients, demonstrating a commitment to reducing environmental impacts and improving energy efficiency.
- Use of the data can help Gazprom’s IT procurement team in decision-making and provide evidence that validates those choices – e.g. demonstrating that new monitors are much more efficient to run than old, and that new equipment in the computer rooms has resulted in efficiency savings.
Common parts and shared services at 20 Triton Street
- 21% energy reduction over five years, saving occupiers £148,200 (Gazprom share: £53,350) and cutting CO2 emissions by 770 tonnes based on improved building management with no additional cost to occupiers.
- £82,000 investment in ESOS initiatives (Gazprom share: £29,900), with a forecast return on investment of £464,600 over occupiers’ lease terms (Gazprom share: £169,300).
- The reduction in run hours and demand on the equipment is improving the equipment reliability.