UK renewable energy solutions provider Vital Energi has been awarded a contract by the City of London Corporation to carry out energy-saving refurbishments of buildings such as the Barbican Centre and Guildhall School of Music and Drama. It is estimated that the changes will provide energy savings worth almost £500,000 per year, and carbon savings of over 1,000 tons each year.
The new initiative is to be delivered through the Greater London Authority’s Retrofit Accelerator framework, with work funded through the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS).
Among the energy-saving measures to be deployed, Vital will look at pipe distribution repairs, ventilation distribution repairs, pipe insulation, Air Handling Unit EC fan retrofit, LED lighting, and metering, to reduce energy use and unnecessary heat loss.
“Vital Energi employ a talented team of designers, engineers and financial model specialists to deliver clients real carbon savings through commercially viable solutions in terms of payback against capital spend,” said Rob Callaghan, Managing Director of Vital Energi for the London and Southern Division in a press release. “We don’t just do the work and hand back the building, each year we will monitor and verify the savings.
“We are delighted that the City of London Corporation has appointed us as its contractor of choice to carry out these essential works which will help decarbonise its corporate estate and build a robust zero carbon roadmap” he added.
The City of London Corporation last year committed to net-zero emissions across its supply chain by 2040, and net-zero operational emissions by 2027. Under the commitments, the organisation is also to invest £68m into climate mitigation strategies over the next six years.
City of London Corporation Finance Committee Chairman, Jamie Ingham Clark, commented: “This partnership with Vital Energi will enable us to take practical, positive, sustainable steps to make our buildings more energy efficient, delivering the twin benefits of reducing carbon emissions and saving money…the project will play a significant role in enabling us to achieve the ambitious targets set out in our Climate Action Strategy.”