The LDA's cost-neutral energy-saving RE:FIT scheme has been commended at the Sustainability Award at the 2011 Government Business Awards.
The Government Business Awards celebrate examples of operational and business excellence taking place in local and central government.
Accepting the commendation, the LDA's head of environment Emma Strain said:
"The London Development Agency's RE:FIT scheme has been designed to help public organisations by guaranteeing financial savings as they save energy and cut carbon emissions. This commendation from the Government Business Awards is recognition of its ingenuity. We are very proud of this scheme and encourage any public sector organisations who want to save energy, cut carbon and cut their bills to use the RE:FIT framework."
The Government Business Awards were held at Twickenham Stadium on 17 February 2011.
RE:FIT provides a commercial model for public bodies to make energy efficiency improvements to their buildings, reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions. It appoints an energy service company (ESCo) which undertakes energy efficiency measures to guarantee a set level of energy savings. This transfers the risk onto the ESCo rather than the owner or occupier of the building in an approach known as Energy Performance Contracting (EPC). It creates a cost-neutral way for public sector bodies to reduce their energy use and cut their carbon emissions.
The LDA has also made RE:FIT's panel of pre-selected energy services companies (ESCos) available to all public sector organisations in the UK.
RE:FIT is predicted to save around 2.5 million tonnes of carbon by 2025 and to help achieve the Mayor of London's target of cutting London carbon dioxide emissions by 60% by 2025. RE:FIT has already retrofitted 42 public buildings across London, owned by the Greater London Authority, the London Fire Brigade, Transport for London and the Metropolitan Police - making an average energy saving of 28 per cent. Over 140 organisations are now engaged with the programme.
Notes to editors
1. The RE:FIT programme was also Highly Commended at the 2010 Government Opportunities (GO) magazine National Excellence in Public Procurement Awards.
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