THE EDEN PROJECT PERFORMANCE DASHBOARDS MONETISING CO2: Tracking £500,000 investment in efficiency

Located in a disused China Clay pit in Cornwall, The Eden Project is a major tourist attraction with over 12.8 million visitors since opening in 2001. Described as the ‘world’s largest greenhouse’, the biomes provide the environment for plants from all around the world. The Tropical Biome, covering 1.6 hectares and with a height of 55 metres, houses tropical plants such as banana, coffee and rubber trees while the Mediterranean Biome, covering 0.7 hectares with a height of 35 metres, is home for temperate and arid plants such as olives and grape vines.

Challenge: Systems that perform in a controlled climate

Each Biome has a closely controlled climate of heat and humidity, with plants and animal relying on accurate tropical and arid conditions being maintained to remain healthy. With an annual spend on energy and water of approximately £700,000 Eden Project announced in April 2011 that a £580,000 investment in energy efficiency was being made with an overall target of reducing energy consumption by 25 per cent of 2007/2008 levels by 2013.

Thinking: Energy Performance Dashboards – cool analysis of the data, available to everybody

Eden Project were quick to grasp the benefits that AMR could provide and since 2004 have been steadily growing their ’DataBird’ AMR system from Energy Metering Technology. The unique nature of the Eden Project meant that ‘driving factors’, such as visitor numbers, temperatures and solar radiation all needed to be considered alongside consumption when setting historical performance baseline.  C3′s, C3ntinel software, using its advanced ‘machine learning’ algorithms accurately established the relationships between consumption  and ‘driving factors’. The resulting algorithms are then used by C3’s Energy Efficiency Bureau to provide Energy Performance Dashboards to Eden’s energy team. Having reports that ‘normalise’ all the incoming energy and water supplies to account for ‘driving factors’ ensures that the energy efficiency investments are accurately reported and evaluated.

Results: Significant and verified cuts to costs and carbon

Consumption reports in both £’s and tCO2 units are used throughout the organisation across both Finance and Maintenance. As with any investment in cost-savings it is vitally important that savings are verified to ensure that pay-back criteria are being achieved. The Energy Performance Dashboards are designed so that improvements in energy efficiency are clearly highlighted giving Eden Project absolute clarity on the cost-effectiveness of their investments and initiatives.