5 March 2019 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
Veolia is to work with charity Glasgow Life to increase energy efficiency, save money and cut carbon emissions in a £106,000-a-year deal.
Glasgow Life delivers cultural, sporting and learning activities on behalf of Glasgow City Council.
Delivered under the Scottish Non-Domestic Energy Efficiency (NDEE) framework, the energy performance contract will guarantee savings of over £106,000 a year and 1.7 gigawatt hours of grid electricity demand. The energy savings will come from "a wide range of energy-efficiency improvements at the Scotstoun, Gorbals and Bellahouston leisure centres".
Glasgow Life wanted to "reduce energy demand, upgrade an ageing plant, and improve resilience to produce financial savings" to support the services it provides for citizens and visitors to the city.
Working under the NDEE framework as an approved supplier, Veolia will design and implement a wide range of plant upgrades, supported by project management and consultancy services, to deliver guaranteed savings.
Veolia, working through its specialist energy performance contracting team, will deliver building management system upgrades, install variable speed drives VSD, and retrofit modern lighting across the sites.
In addition, Bellahouston Leisure Centre will gain low carbon heat and electricity supplies from a 125kWe CHP unit that will reduce CO2 emissions by about 200 tonnes a year. The upgrades will be funded by the energy cost savings, with the initial investment provided through Scotland's Energy Efficiency Programme, established by the Scottish Government to accelerate the pace and scale of progress in transforming the energy efficiency of public sector buildings.
Richard Kirkman, Veolia's chief technology and innovation officer, said: "Enabling the public sector to become more sustainable and helping to deliver budget efficiency is very important as it enhances the services for the local communities. Our energy performance contracts can play a key role in meeting these aims by delivering the necessary investment and the guaranteed results that both reduce carbon emissions and build long-term energy resilience. We look forward to working with Glasgow Life and supporting Scotland's ambition on energy demand reduction and tackling climate change."