MOD estate looks to contractors for energy efficiency solutions

The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) is turning to its contractors to help reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions across the Ministry of Defence (MOD) estate.

The DIO will ask each of its four new regional prime contractors from 2013 to open an energy management bureau to monitor consumption building-by-building across all MOD sites.

The contractors will then be asked to propose new measures to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions.

Incoming prime contractors will be asked initially to survey all sites and buildings in their geographical area to identify any shortcomings in the current metering arrangements.

They will then conduct annual surveys to identify any changes that might impact on energy usage.

Areas expected to be examined in the surveys are energy distribution networks, new heating and ventilation systems and insulation, running energy education and awareness programmes for staff and disposal plans for energy-inefficient buildings.

The MOD’s head of the Central Programme Office for Energy, Matt Foley, said: “The Defence estate is highly complex and rationalising its energy consumption and carbon emissions will require innovative, insightful and robust energy management plans.

“Our future facilities management providers will have a key role to play in helping the MOD to reduce consumption and its current daily energy bill of around £1 million.”

The DIO is keen to encourage SMEs to participate with innovative ideas by engaging with potential prime contractors.

Lists of potential bidders are being made available via the online NGEC Potential Bidders Directory.

Alison Brown

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