Keen to minimise the long-term environmental impact of their Outlets, McArthur Glen are constantly looking for opportunities to reduce energy consumption as this helps reduce carbon emissions and operational costs whilst supporting increased profitability.
The energy audits carried out have identified a wide range of practical, cost effective opportunities that will support the group’s wider ambitions. The installation of AMR (or the utilisation of consumption data from existing smart meters where possible), enables the automatic collection energy con-sumption data every half an hour. This can then be used to produce simple graphs to monitor, compare and target excessive energy consumption more effectively.
The installation of AMR on every fiscal meter is a key strategy as this can then be used to improve energy management and demonstrate savings more clearly. The graph below clearly demonstrates the benefits of both implementing energy savings projects and the use of AMR reporting at the Parndorf Designer Outlet where, following their energy audit, the site management team implemented many of the opportunities identified, resulting in a significant reduction in electricity consumption.
Based on the actual savings achieved to date, it is estimated that annual savings of over 550,000kWh, worth over €60,000 per year will be made on their electricity costs alone, representing a 22% reduction in electricity consumption compared to that used prior to the energy audit. Furthermore, savings are likely to be significantly higher due to the high electricity consumption at the Outlet for air conditioning systems during this summer, plus further savings on gas.