Energy Reduction & Energy Champion Workshops
National Grid Transmission


National Grid operate to manage the safe, reliable and sustainable electricity infrastructure across the UK. Sustainability is integrated into decision making to preserve natural resources, create value and manage the interests of communities. Recognising the opportunity to reduce Carbon emissions and deliver saving across their 250 operational sites. National grid were keen to embed energy efficiency and carbon reduction through their operational engineering staff, who with relevant training could add to their day-to-day engineering skills to work to identify energy saving opportunities to reduce the £8.3M/year energy bill.

Briar Associates proposed a staged approach including:

Energy Audits: Conducted at representative sites to establish the opportunities for saving. Identify measures and calculate savings and financial paybacks. The Audits established the key generic saving opportunities and enabled analyses, visual photographs and survey techniques to be developed for dissemination within the Energy Champion workshops.

Energy Champion Workshops: A series of workshops, for a voluntary network of Energy Champions, to dissemi-nate the key saving opportunities and enable operational staff to undertake energy audits and manage saving improvements.

Technical Design Solutions: Investigation and specification of generic energy efficiency solutions for common service issues. This also enabled an economy of scale in rolling out solutions across the sites.

The programme identified measures to save over £800k per year within an attractive 2 year payback period. The Energy Champion team are enthusiastic to deliver the savings, working on encouraging local site staff to be cognisant of energy waste and also managing a range of energy saving projects.

Facility Manager Energy Training
Capita Group plc


The Capita Group is one of the UKs largest professional services outsource organisations employing more than 38,000 employees. The Group is committed to environmental best practice to reflect their clients’ values and maintain cost competitiveness.

John Kost, HSE Director, recognised the opportunity for energy saving and launched a Group Energy Reduction Programme to tackle their £4M+ energy bill. Working with the Carbon Trust, Briar Associates were commissioned to deliver a staff engagement and training programme. The programme focused on the top 20 energy-consuming sites that were responsible for over 80% of carbon emissions and the objective was to transfer knowledge and skills to the Capita facilities management team, who could then act as Energy Champions to engage staff at the major buildings and undertake their own energy audits.

Training Programme

  • Representative energy audits to establish opportunities and prepare content for workshop.
  • Development of Energy Reduction template surveying tool to assist FMs to deliver structured uniform approach to audits.
  • Analyses of AMR data for major sites and preparation of workshop exercise to provide experience of interpretation, understanding and identifying opportunities.
  • Energy surveying and opportunities identification workshops. Mix of class based work and practical walk around surveys in buildings. Practical use of survey instruments e.g. Luxmeter, temperature measurement, clip-on ammeter etc.

Achievements & Benefits

The Capita Facilities Managers were keen to develop their knowledge and experience and the site audits and implementation were co-ordinated with regular team meetings to share ideas and outcomes. League tables were drawn up on the basis of % savings and this encouraged competition between the sites.

The programme was a major success with savings demonstrated in the first year exceeding 17% of carbon emissions. In addition, the FM team have a greater awareness of the performance of their buildings and the controls and working of the building services and this is contributing to improving the working environment for staff.