Amey partners with Scottish local authorities to tackle carbon reduction in educational facilities

Amey partners with Scottish local authorities to tackle carbon reduction in educational facilities

(IN BRIEF) Amey, a provider of facilities management (FM) services to educational facilities in Scotland and the UK, is working closely with its clients and suppliers to develop sustainable ways of creating low-cost energy solutions for schools. The Scottish Government’s draft Energy Strategy and Just Transition Plan sets out ambitious targets for the transformation of the energy sector to 2030 and beyond, and Amey is ready to support local authority partners to address these challenges. The company is focused on creating a more sustainable and secure future for the education sector by providing innovative solutions that will help its clients achieve reductions in greenhouse gas emissions across their estates.

(PRESS RELEASE) OXFORD, 17-Mar-2023 — /EuropaWire/ — As a provider of FM services to educational facilities across Scotland and the rest of the UK, we recognise that more can be done, to help our clients respond to the climate emergency and minimise the environmental impacts of their estates.  

In January, the Scottish Government published its draft Energy Strategy and Just Transition Plan which sets out ambitious actions for the Scottish Government and industry to chart a clear course for transformation of the energy sector to 2030 and beyond. The strategy sets out how the Scottish Government will meet the challenge of accelerating the decarbonisation of heat in buildings and we stand ready to support our local authority partners to address these challenges. 

Solving the energy dilemma in FM 

Many of our schools were not designed with carbon reduction in mind, and only by working closely with our customers and suppliers can we begin to develop sustainable ways of creating low-cost energy solutions that will create spaces that are optimised for the future.  

The journey to a more sustainable and secure future will not be a short fix. In a sector where PFI defines lifecycle works, we need to provide clients with innovative solutions that will create a better vision for the UK education sector. 

The GHG management protocol, which sets the global standard for how to measure, manage and report greenhouse gas emissions, forms the basis of most decarbonisation strategies, and can be used to develop joint action plans that will support our clients to achieve reductions in emissions across their estate.  

Amey has already embarked on this journey by creating a professional service energy delivery function. These highly skilled individuals are used to promote optimisations, smarter controls, and the implementation of emerging innovations across all our facilities management contracts. 

Embedding these experts within our schools will allow for the creation of improvement plans – paving the way for more sustainable options such as air source heat pumps, district heating, micro-grid electrification, green hydrogen, and wind and photovoltaics – all quick wins that can be addressed using lifecycle budgets. 

Once the basics are in place, we can begin to apply energy management standards such as ISO 50001 which is based on a model of continual improvement. By providing real data insight and build digital models, capital expenditure can be supported and external funding for business cases can be sourced to achieve viable net zero claims and lifecycle growth.  

We have also identified opportunities to help our clients access funding for projects such as LED lighting, fabric replacement and insulation works ensuring schools can make energy efficient improvements with minimal overheads. 

Case study: Scottish Border Council 

We’ve developed an energy consultancy and delivery product to help our clients create their decarbonisation. This audit product is currently being tested throughout the school estate. This reflects Scottish Borders Council’s ambition to be at the forefront of the energy transition. 

We conducted a deep-dive audit focused on the operational carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) levels at a site in Earlston to identify carbon hotspots. Data was collected on energy usage of gas, electricity, waste, and water, along with social impacts such as transport and the landscape of the area. The next phase is to work closely with the client to develop a bespoke set of recommendations based on short, medium and long-term benefits. 

Creating a site-specific net zero strategy will support the school to reach the Scottish Government’s Net Zero target by 2045 and would play a key role in meeting the government’s ambition to decarbonise heat in buildings. 

But it’s not just about the bricks and mortar 

Young people today are valuable contributors to climate action, and we should encourage them to develop their knowledge and ignite their imaginations to become champions of sustainability. All generations, young and old, need to work together to create the change we need to protect our places, our people, and our planet. There has never been a more urgent time to change the way we do things as a society.  

Key facts about Amey

Amey is a leading infrastructure services and engineering company.

We are at the heart of modern Britain, helping the economy to grow by designing, maintaining and transforming the nation’s strategic assets.

Our 11,000 people are behind the critical services the country relies on every day and we each take personal pride in our public service.

Our unique engineering and operations experience, together with data driven insight from our consulting business, delivers better results for our clients.

We are trusted partners of Government – both national and local – managing assets and complex projects that are vital to the sustainable growth of the country.

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