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Sustainability

Energy management = energy savings

Good energy management is helping Gazprom Marketing & Trading to cut energy consumption, reduce bills and provide a great working environment for its staff

When Gazprom Marketing & Trading (GM&T), a subsidiary of one of the world’s largest energy companies, moved to 20 Triton Street in Regent’s Place in 2011, it installed a sophisticated energy management system in its offices, just as British Land had already done in the common areas of the building.

The level of data GM&T gets from this system enables it to optimise lighting levels, temperatures and air quality for staff and, at the same time, operate all these systems as efficiently as possible. As a result, the company has achieved reductions in energy use every year since it moved in, with a 14% saving on its floors in the last 18 months alone – all while maintaining the best environmental conditions for staff.

“This is a positive message for us to share with colleagues and clients,” says Peter Jackson, Senior Facilities Manager at GM&T. “It shows that we’re an efficient organisation and that we care about the environment.”

Smart metering

Jackson says the smart metering system provides a level of detail that gives GM&T insights into exactly what’s going on in the building. In particular, it highlights things that need to be looked at – equipment running at hours when it’s not needed, items using more energy than expected, unusual peaks and troughs in consumption. “We can then use this understanding to make management decisions about equipment,” Jackson explains, “whether it’s manipulating run times, adjusting light settings, changing temperature controls or replacing equipment.”

The IT procurement team has also benefited from the system, as it can use the data to assist in decision-making. Not only that, but the data can also provide evidence that validates those choices; for instance, that new monitors that have been purchased are much more efficient to run than the old ones, and that new equipment in the computer rooms has resulted in efficiency savings.

“This is a positive message for us to share with colleagues and clients. It shows that we’re an efficient organisation and that we care about the environment.”

Gazprom has been supported in its energy focus by British Land and the Broadgate Estates team that manages the building. “It’s important to engage with occupiers on energy management,” says Sarah Cary, Head of Sustainable Places at British Land. “This kind of collaboration is essential to good energy management in a multi-occupied building, where so many areas are linked.”

She adds: “As a company, we know that when we use less carbon it makes business sense – it results in cost savings for our occupiers, income for us, and often innovation too. So everybody wins.”

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