Modern Energy Partners: Integrated Efficiency Solutions

Modern Energy Partners (MEP) is a ground-breaking collaboration within Government. Its aim is to demonstrate that it is possible for the public estate to achieve at least 50% direct carbon emission reduction by 2032, building confidence within government and across the public sector.

The programme is focussed on identifying credible pathways for individual campus style sites and supporting sites in implementing the initial phases of its pathway.

The MEP programme is being driven by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), alongside Cabinet Office, Treasury and the estate-owning departments, while Energy Systems Catapult is providing programme delivery, analytical and technical support.

The Challenge

Amongst more recent updated national targets, the UK Government reaffirmed in the ten point plan a target to achieve at least 50% direct carbon emission reduction across the public sector estate by 2032 against a 2017 baseline.

Delivering results against this target will require a whole systems approach that allows for the sequential installation and integration of known and innovative technologies, enabling them to be optimised.

It also requires an understanding of how decarbonisation could be delivered within existing governance and commercial arrangements.

The Solution

To achieve this, MEP has developed a systematic approach to developing decarbonisation concept designs for sites, which provides consistency in the parameters with which the site is evaluated enabling plan after plan to be compared on a technical, financial and economic basis. Working with Aecom, Atkins, Buro Happold, Ricardo and Stantec, this approach is being tested on 24 sites which are spread across the Ministry of Defence (MOD), Ministry of Justice (MOJ), and National Health Service (NHS).

Testing out the ease of implementation is also part of the programme with four early “Pathfinder” sites implementing some of the initial stages of their decarbonisation concept designs.

There is also an understanding that better data provides better insight of the challenge at hand therefore each site is being provided with submetering which is being used to improve site energy consumption and identify energy patterns for specific uses and activities which can be used in understanding the wider public sector energy use.

Latest update

Work continues at the Pathfinder sites and great progress has been made testing out a systematic approach to map and manage consistent decarbonisation across a complex portfolio estate.

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