Birmingham Airport step change energy saving programme

Summary

Birmingham Airport (BHX) is one of the UK’s busiest airports, catering for over 9 million passengers per year. Energy is one of their largest controllable costs and the airport wanted to bring about a step change in the way that energy and the associated costs/emissions were managed.

Key aims were to improve the visibility of data, introduce business unit accountability for energy use, engage staff and pinpoint energy saving projects.

Situations

BHX is a large and expanding UK airport with plans to double its capacity by 2020. The airport offers both internal flights and international flights to Europe, the Middle East and beyond. BHX wanted to improve energy management practices through increased accountability and actively engaging staff across all disciplines to identify and deliver energy saving opportunities. For the longer term, Birmingham Airport wanted to establish the reporting structures necessary to secure energy savings year on year.

Actions

LCMB worked alongside the in-house FM team to:

  • develop an accurate picture of where energy was used on site
  • establish energy budgets and savings targets for each business unit
  • implement a metering strategy and specify and tender for 150 new electricity sub-meters
  • introduce monthly energy reporting to improve awareness and accountability
  • recruit energy champions and run a series of consultation events to identify energy saving projects
  • develop the business case for priority projects
  • set in place the reporting structure to monitor progress against an annual energy reduction target of 5%

Benefits

  • New, detailed knowledge of energy consumption patterns to highlight anomalies, priorities and opportunities for energy reduction.
  • Increased accountability for energy within each business unit.
  • Over £85k of energy costs saved within the first financial year.
  • Improved staff engagement and 100+ energy saving ideas generated.
  • Initial energy saving projects implemented, others under trial.
  • Regular energy reporting process in place for each business unit, providing the basis for devolved energy saving targets.

Challenges and Achievements

Behaviour change

Part of the challenge of addressing energy reduction is about gathering hard facts and establishing the financial business case for invest-to-save projects. However, an equally important element of the task involves engaging with staff to change behaviours to reduce energy consumption. This process was achieved through recruiting energy champions from across the organisation and running a series of ‘Big Green Splash’ events to generate ideas and improve awareness.

Embedded resource

To support the in-house team and secure a detailed understanding of the technical, operational and organisational challenges involved, LCMB worked alongside BHX staff as an embedded resource. Following the energy savings delivered in Year 1, this partnership approach is being extended to secure the next wave of improvements as the airport continues to grow.

Birmingham Airport Step Change Energy Saving Programme LCMB

LCMB are working with our teams at all levels to deliver a transformation in energy management which will secure lasting cost and carbon reductions for the airport. As an airport with ambitious growth plans it is vital that we both understand and continually find ways to reduce what is one of our largest controllable costs.”

Simon Richards, Chief Financial Officer, Birmingham Airport

Find out more

LCMB improves the financial and environmental sustainability of buildings and estates, and the productivity and well-being of the people using them. We do this by reducing building operating costs, energy used and improving building space and its’ utilisation. We offer Workplace Performance, Facilities Management, Project Management and Resource optimisation support.

Amongst others our clients include King’s College London, Birmingham Airport, Tata Technologies, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Bouygues Energies & Services.

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