Home Office rolls out pioneering contracts

The Home Office is rolling out energy management contracts pioneered by Amey and British Gas Business (BGB) across 90% of its estate, after the two companies saved the department £212,000 in eight months. Working in a three-way partnership, Amey, BGB and the Home Office developed a ‘payment by results’ energy management contract to manage energy consumption across 350 Home Office-managed buildings in London and the South East.

It was the first time the Gain Share method had been used for energy management in Central Government.

Energy investment

For three years, Amey and BGB assess the condition of existing equipment, invest in new energy systems and encourage users to reduce consumption. They are on track to save the Home Office more than £1.3 million and cut its carbon footprint by 15% over the lifetime of the contract.

Based on that success, the Home Office is rolling out the system across 90% of its estate.

It comes after the Prime Minister announced that Government has achieved a 14% reduction in emissions over the last year – exceeding the 10% target he initially set when he aimed to make the ‘greenest ever government.’ The Home Office achieved even higher savings, reducing its carbon footprint by 17.6%.

Work smarter

Helen Kilpatrick, Home Office Commercial and Financial Director General, said: “In the current economic climate we all need to find ways of working more smartly. This contract is delivering real savings for the taxpayer while helping to protect the environment.

“In harnessing the best of private sector practice and bringing in fresh ideas we are delivering real change.”

Gillian Duggan, Managing Director of Amey’s Built Environment division, said: “Amey’s priority is finding innovations to help government reduce its deficit and lower emissions and we are extremely proud to be recognised as a role model for energy management within the FM sector.

“Our pioneering Gain Share contract shows how the public and private sector can work in partnership to achieve challenging efficiency targets. There is potential that other departments will follow the Home Office’s lead and consider using the Gain Share model to lower their energy bills.”

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