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Energy saving project nominated for sustainability awards

Published: 5 November 2019 - Carly Wills

A major energy efficiency savings programme by E.ON at Transport for London’s Palestra building has been shortlisted for four energy and sustainability awards.

The two-year project delivered significant carbon and cost savings at the central London building, a key office and operational hub for the capital’s transport provider.

Palestra has so far seen an improvement in energy efficiency of more than 20 per cent, producing savings on energy costs of around 42 per cent or £470,000 each year and a carbon emissions reduction of seven per cent or 227 tonnes a year.

The project teams have secured nominations for seven industry awards and have already won the prestigious CIBSE Facilities Management of the year award in February and the AEE Regional Energy Project of the Year in September.

Next are four further major awards in the coming weeks; from the Association of Decentralised Energy (shortlisted in Commercial Building Project category), the Energy Institute (Energy Management), Building magazine (Building Performance) and the Energy Awards (Public Building Project of the Year).

Quinten Babcock, environmental manager at TfL, said: “Palestra is a large and complex building with significant energy needs to support the people who help keep London moving 24/7. It was vital we sorted out the upgrades while the building remained operational.

“Since the improvements to our energy management systems, we've seen significant savings in terms of both energy costs and carbon emissions. We are seeing up to £1,650 a day in energy savings and with other improvements coming on line that performance is likely to improve even further next full year.”

E.ON’s business energy efficiency experts focused on improving the running efficiency and interoperability of existing systems, such as the combined cooling, heat and power systems (CCHP) as well as optimising the controls and remote operation of the building management systems. It allowed for the most efficient use of the on-site generation systems including the CHP.

The project will provide significant savings in public expenditure for the longer term and help meet TfL’s environmental performance targets.

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