Telecom giant BT is installing smart energy management and control systems throughout its data centres, offices and telephone exchanges, saving around £13 million on energy bills.
22,000 smart meters and 1500 building energy management systems will be installed alongside an advanced broadband network which will control energy consumption by optimising, heating ventilation and air conditioning systems.
This will allow BT to spot any problems in its energy use across its buildings, enabling them to identify its worst and best performing sites and subsequently take action to rectify any problems.
Richard Tarboton of BT said “Thousands of smart meters placed at BT offices , telephone exchanges and data centres will help us monitor energy usage levels and identify areas where we can deliver savings and make buildings more efficient”.
When completed, it is expected to net the company a saving of around £13 million and reduce its carbon footprint of 60,000 tonnes a year. BT ranked 44th place in the Environment Agency’s Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) energy efficiency scheme league table.