Chris Dunford - At-Bristol

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  • 1. How At-Bristol reduced carbon emissions by 12% in 12 months Our Top 5 Tips12%:12 months Sustainability
  • 2. 1 August 2009 – 31 July 2010 1 August 2010 – 31 July 2011Vehicle Fuel 6,558 kg CO2 Vehicle Fuel 6,484 kg CO2Flights 14,925 kg CO2 Flights 16,033 kg CO2Gas 1,657 kg CO2 Gas 1,352 kg CO2Electricity 900,492 kg CO2 Electricity 792,983 kg CO2TOTAL 923,632 kg CO2 TOTAL 816,852 kg CO2 107 tonnes of carbon dioxide saved in 1 year 12% reduction12%:12 months Sustainability
  • 3. How did we do it? Tip 1: Data12%:12 months Sustainability
  • 4. Diesel & PetrolKnow where 1% Flights Gasyour carbon 0% 2%emissionscomefrom…… ……and use this information to decide where to target your efforts Electricity 97%12%:12 months Sustainability
  • 5. Energy Monitoring System 138 sensors throughout the building Constantly recording energy usage of every electrical appliance 24 hours a day All data processing done in-house An invaluable tool for reducing consumption12%:12 months Sustainability
  • 6. Typical daily usage12%:12 months Sustainability
  • 7. The effect of cold weather12%:12 months Sustainability
  • 8. The impact of an out of hours event12%:12 months Sustainability
  • 9. Focusing in on exhibition consumption12%:12 months Sustainability
  • 10. Base load when closed12%:12 months Sustainability
  • 11. How did we do it? Tip 2: Form the right team12%:12 months Sustainability
  • 12. The Energy Reduction Group12%:12 months Sustainability
  • 13. The Energy Reduction Group • Sustainability Officer • Electrical & Mechanical Services Engineer • Estates Director • Facilities Manager • Exhibitions Officer • Venue Hire Operations Manager • IT Systems Administrator • Security Officer • Energy Reduction Intern12%:12 months Sustainability
  • 14. The Energy Reduction Group • Frequent, short meetings to review the energy graphs • Identify and fix anomalous consumption • Target areas for reduction and suggest reduction measures • Actions allocated to relevant group members • Implementation and success reviewed at next meeting • ‘Action List’ and ‘Completed Actions’ documents regularly monitored, circulated and updated12%:12 months Sustainability
  • 15. How did we do it? Tip 3: Behaviour12%:12 months Sustainability
  • 16. The way the building and its systems are used • Examining the energy graphs to understand how the building and its systems are used throughout the day • Using this information to make better use of the building, to eliminate unnecessary usage and reduce necessary usage • Improving departmental procedures, the way activities are planned and the way spaces are used • Introducing new duties for key departments and individuals • Creating an environment where every member of staff is constantly aware of the energy that they are using and encouraging and enabling them to reduce it12%:12 months Sustainability
  • 17. The way the building and its systems are used Five examples of this:• Security trained to turn off as much of the building as possible as early in the evening as possible• Signage to encourage staff to turn off lights and devices and to use stairs instead of lifts• For out of hours events building systems only operate during the live event, not during the set-up or break-down times• Staff trained how to use office heating, cooling and ventilation more effectively and conservatively• Cleaning team trained to turn off lights as they move about the building out of hours12%:12 months Sustainability
  • 18. How did we do it? Tip 4: Technology12%:12 months Sustainability
  • 19. Improving and fine-tuning existing systems and introducing new technologies • Using the energy graphs to see how much power the building’s various systems use throughout the day • Involving the right people with the right expertise to quantify viable options for reducing the consumption of these systems • Fine-tuning the control of existing systems and monitoring the outcome of any changes • Investigating new technological solutions and introducing them only where appropriate and cost effective12%:12 months Sustainability
  • 20. Improving and fine-tuning existing systems and introducing new technologies Five examples of this:• Modernisation of IT server equipment and virtualisation• High-tech lighting solutions: motion sensors, automated timed control, LED’s Low-tech lighting solutions: pull-cords, lag switches, re-positioning switches to increase usage by staff• Bin store extractor fan changed to run only during opening hours• Ensuring that all exhibits are controlled by a single ‘exhibit switch’ and allowing different floors to be turned on and off separately• Fine-tuning and introducing new programming into the control software of our building’s advanced environmental systems……12%:12 months Sustainability
  • 21. Improving and fine-tuning existing systems and introducing new technologies12%:12 months Sustainability
  • 22. How did we do it? Tip 5: Get everyone involved12%:12 months Sustainability
  • 23. Keep all staff involved, motivated and informed • Staff and volunteers at all levels and in all departments are made aware of the importance and benefits of reducing carbon emissions • Staff are involved in the process of suggesting and implementing reduction measures and are kept up to date with how our figures are progressing. We award a yearly ‘Carbon Hero’ (for 2011 our Chief Electrical Engineer) • Our electricity consumption figures are regularly included in staff meetings, presentations, organisation-wide emails and board reports. New staff are introduced to sustainability • Domestic energy monitors are shared amongst staff so they can learn how to reduce energy in their personal lives12%:12 months Sustainability
  • 24. Involve those outside the organisation • Share information with our visitors. Sustainability tours of the building. Inspire them to reduce energy in their own lives • Including our experiences of sustainability and energy reduction in our educational workshops and programmes • Participating in the 10:10 Campaign, West of England Carbon Challenge and Green Tourism Business Scheme • Sharing experiences and knowledge with other businesses locally and other science centres nationally, e.g. Leicester Space Centre • Marketing and press coverage of our energy reduction success……12%:12 months Sustainability
  • 25. 12%:12 months Sustainability
  • 26. So what next? The Sustainability Action Group continue to work to improve all areas of sustainability within At-Bristol including use of gas, vehicle and air travel, water, resources and waste The Energy Reduction Group continue to work to reduce our electricity consumption. How low can we go? But as well as reducing how much electricity we take from the grid we are also looking at how to generate our own power, so for our next big project..... We have investigated and quantified all the options for onsite renewable electricity generation and the only viable option for us is solar So, dependent on funding, by next March we hope to have a 171 m 2, 25 kWp PV array on the roof which should give us 23,400 kWh per year12%:12 months Sustainability
  • 27. 25 kWp Photovoltaic array for At-Bristol12%:12 months Sustainability
  • 28. 25 kWp Photovoltaic array for At-Bristol12%:12 months Sustainability
  • 29. 25 kWp Photovoltaic array for At-Bristol12%:12 months Sustainability
  • 30. 25 kWp Photovoltaic array for At-Bristol12%:12 months Sustainability
  • 31. 25 kWp Photovoltaic array for At-Bristol12%:12 months Sustainability
  • 32. Questions or comments? Chris Dunford Sustainability Officer 01179157184 / 07967334184 chris.dunford@at-bristol.org.uk12%:12 months Sustainability