“Best Renewable Energy &Energy Efficiency Initiative” Recognition For Peterborough City Council Highlights Proven Method for Reducing Energy Costs and Improving Facilities
Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today that its collaboration with Peterborough City Council to create a framework for cutting energy use while updating municipal facilities has won the 2014 award for Best Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Initiative from the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE).
The Council’s energy efficiency framework, part of the “Blue Sky Peterborough” programme, allows public authorities, social landlords and educational establishments to take advantage of energy performance contracts (EnPCs) — a fast and cost-effective procurement route for projects that help cut utility consumption and costs.
“We have successfully set up a fully functioning, simple to use, EU-compliant framework where, from inception, works can be on site and completed within a six-month period,” says John Harrison, executive director of resources at Peterborough City Council.
“This recognition from our peers reinforces our own belief that we have developed a workable, proven and successful method of reducing costs whilst enhancing the effectiveness of our property portfolio, thereby helping to protect our frontline services. Importantly, this facility is also available to other public sector organisations across the country, all of whom face similar challenges.”
Honeywell was appointed the framework delivery partner in June 2013 and, following the award of the first EnPC in early 2014 to retrofit eight properties, has already helped the Council to deliver over £1.1million in savings. These are being primarily achieved through an array of measures – including upgrades to or replacement of building control systems, an air handling unit, lighting systems and pool filtration systems – that trim energy use or reduce maintenance expenses.
“We’re delighted that Peterborough City Council’s vision in creating this framework has secured this award from APSE,” said James Napier, general manager – energy for Honeywell. “With more contract awards anticipated in the future, this framework will help the Council to further cut its energy bill and to reduce its carbon tax.”
With several new phases of work currently being finalised, the Council believes the framework will be a major contributor to its medium-term financial strategy and is targeting over £5 million of related savings for the financial year ending March 2019.