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MediaCityUK achieving £850k annual energy savings

MediaCityUK, the home of BBC North and ITV, has built its own bespoke energy management and tenant engagement programmes to improve sustainability.

MediaCityUK, the home of BBC North and ITV, has built its own bespoke energy management and tenant engagement programmes to improve sustainability.

MediaCityUK occupies 36 acres of former industrial dockland in Salford Quays on the outskirts of Manchester and is now home to more than 250 businesses in the digital sector and beyond. 

Energy generation

The development’s main investment to date has been a ‘tri-generation’ energy centre that provides low carbon combined heat and power (CHP) to buildings across the estate.

As well as providing electricity and useable heat, the system works in conjunction with a canal water cooling system to keep buildings cool in summer.

“Through this investment, MediaCityUK has avoided the production of 1,722 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent [CO2e] this year alone”, said Derek Elliot, head of technical services at MediaCityUK.

Bespoke programmes

Speaking to Greater Manchester’s Low Carbon Hub, Elliot explained that MediaCityUK’s bespoke energy management programme has also passed £850,000 in annual energy savings from measures taken across the estate.

“To further build on [our success], MediaCityUK has committed to the roll-out of a Carbon Literacy Programme; a training initiative aimed at tackling the effects of climate change”, Elliot added.

“MediaCityUK and some of its major occupiers including the BBC, ITV and dock10, have developed the training content to target specific areas of carbon emissions across the estate.

“Carbon Literacy training provides MediaCityUK staff, service teams and estate tenants with vital knowledge and awareness of the carbon costs and impacts of everyday activities, as well as the ability and motivation to reduce emissions on an individual, community and organisational basis.

“This focused approach to energy management has resulted in a much more active engagement with tenants about energy issues”.

Behaviour change

According to npower, behaviour change programmes could save UK businesses £600 million in energy costs.

RBS Bank has recently launched its own programme and expects to save £3 million in 2017 alone through rewarding staff for simple actions such as switching off electrical equipment.