BABCOCK INFRASTRUCTURE INNOVATIVE ENERGY DISPLAY: Behaviour change to reduce waste

Babcock Infrastructure provide facility management across the 98 acre Abbey Wood site – the largest MoD site in the UK – with over 7,000 staff working from 130,000 m² of buildings including offices, restaurants, library, sports facilities, training rooms, auditoria and conferences rooms.

Challenge: Staff awareness and buy-in to deliver carbon reduction target

With the MoD having a target to reduce energy consumption by 25% by 2015 (against a 2009/10 baseline) an energy reduction program is operational and has led to significant carbon and cost saving. The on-site energy team wishes to go further by raising awareness of the success to date and to engage with staff to communicate how their actions can affect energy consumption. Tunde Olaoye, MoD Abbey Wood Project Manager said:

“Typically ‘off the shelf systems’ are expensive, mundane and display arbitrary consumption figures. We wanted to get people’s attention and make it easier for them to digest the information and increase the probability of making them advocates of saving energy.”

Thinking: An online resource providing meaningful visuals to inform staff

C3’s solution is an online resource of innovative graphics which visualise the carbon reduction across the site and communicates overall performance while also encouraging feedback. The solution gives the site flexibility to adapt and develop the display so that it continually has fresh information on progress and ensures continuing awareness.

Results: Staff engagement and behavioural change.

Feedback from staff immediately following the installation was extremely positive. The simplicity of design and visualisation of energy savings into volumes of CO2 engaged a non-engineering audience.