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MOD seeks SMEs for energy contracts

The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) is looking to small and medium-sized enterprises to help reduceenergy consumption and carbon emissions across the Ministry of Defence (MOD) estate.

DIO is keen to encourage SMEs to participate with innovative ideas by engaging with potential prime contractors. Lists of potential bidders are being made available via the online NGEC Potential Bidders Directory.

Under the Next Generation Estate Contracts (NGEC) programme, DIO will ask each of its four new Regional Prime contractors from 2013 to open an energy management bureau to monitor consumption building-by-building across all MOD sites, and propose new measures to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions.

Incoming prime contractors will be asked initially to survey all sites and buildings in their geographical area to identify any shortcomings in the current metering arrangements. They will then conduct annual surveys to identify any changes that might impact on energy usage.

DIO will require contractors to identify opportunities and develop business cases for spend-to-save opportunities.

These are likely to include: overhauling existing energy distribution networks; new heating and ventilation systems and insulation; running energy education and awareness programmes for staff; and disposal plans for energy-inefficient buildings.

Contractors will also be required to provide routine reports on progress, identify where future maintenance work is required to act on wasteful energy usage, and to evaluate the impact of its own energy savings projects.

MOD Central Programme Office for Energy head Matt Foley said: “The Defence estate is highly complex and rationalising its energy consumption and carbon emissions will require innovative, insightful and robust energy management plans.

“Our future facilities management providers will have a key role to play in helping the MOD to reduce consumption and its current daily energy bill of around £1M.”

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