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Greater Manchester Police clampdown on energy usage

Greater Manchester Police has turned its attention to improving energy efficiency across its regional sites, achieving a 70 per cent energy saving during a three month pilot period.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) has turned its attention to improving energy efficiency across its regional sites, achieving a 70 per cent energy saving during a three month pilot period. 

The service is responsible for around 500 square miles of police coverage and owns over 80 sites across the region with differing infrastructure requirements, including offices, specialist workshops and even stables.

‘Growing pressure’

Helen Wilson, sustainability officer at GMP, said: “In the current economic climate there is a growing pressure across all police branches to reduce costs and carbon emissions. 

“One of the ways we are approaching this challenge is to understand our energy usage thus allowing us to make informed decisions on how we can reduce energy consumption and ultimately lower our bills.”

Building management solution

To help build a better understanding of its energy usage, GMP has been working with IMServ Europe, an independent energy management provider, to install a micro-building management solution (BMS) at one of its sites.

The technology is designed to help companies to remotely monitor, understand and control building energy consumption such as lighting, air conditioning, heating and hot water.

In control

Wilson said: “Prior to installing the micro-BMS we struggled to match heating times to occupation and there was no way to remotely monitor or control it.

“[The technology] allowed us to set a particular temperature for the building while the staff were at work, then during the night and at weekends the heating would switch off.

“With an automated system in place you also don’t have to rely on other people remembering to switch the heating on and off, or worry about people tampering with boiler controls.”

Over a three month pilot period, GMP has achieved an energy saving of 70 per cent in the building, more than paying back the initial installation costs.