BT awards £6.2m to energy-saving firm

Telecoms giant BT has awarded a major new contract to a company that saved them £6.2m last year through energy efficiency. WEMSInternational system manages the energy usage of a building’s […]

By Tom Gibson

Telecoms giant BT has awarded a major new contract to a company that saved them £6.2m last year through energy efficiency. WEMSInternational system manages the energy usage of a building’s operations including lighting, air conditioning and heating. The web-enabled system, which can be accessed via smartphone, delivers energy savings of 15-30%.

The company will install its wireless Building Energy Management System (BEMS) in 700 buildings and telephone exchange sites across the UK.

Richard Tarboton, BT’s Director of Energy and Carbon said: “The WEMS technology has underpinned the success of our smart energy programme at BT. It gives us remote control over the air handling systems and enables us to optimize energy usage. As a result of the proven success on the first 1200 sites, we have now agreed a contract to expand the programme to another 700 sites.”

BT said it wants to reduce its carbon emissions by 80% by 2020 compared to 1997 levels.

Ivan McKeever, CEO of WEMSinternational said: “We’re extremely confident that we can replicate the success achieved so far, enabling BT to reduce its energy consumption further and hit its target of cutting the company’s carbon footprint by 60,000 tonnes per year.”