Vital Energi to help City of London Corporation reach net zero target

The Barbican Centre, London

The City of London Corporation has awarded a contract to Vital Energi which will help the governing body of the Square Mile to take major strides towards its target of net zero carbon emissions by 2027 for its corporate estate.

The project, which will guarantee energy savings of over £480,000 a year and carbon savings of over 1,000 tonnes a year, will be delivered through the Greater London Authority’s Retrofit Accelerator framework designed to help make London’s non-domestic public buildings and assets more energy efficient. The works will be funded via the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS).

Vital Energi will deliver multi-technology solutions through Energy Conservation Measures, which will improve energy performance within five of the City’s most iconic buildings, including the Barbican Centre (main image), Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the City Corporation’s Guildhall headquarters.

Energy Conservation Measures will include pipe distribution repairs, ventilation distribution repairs, pipe insulation, Air Handling Unit EC fan retrofit, LED lighting, and metering, to reduce energy use, unnecessary heat loss and help improve comfort conditions for building users.

“We are delighted that the City of London Corporation has appointed us as its contractor of choice to carry out these essential works which will help decarbonise its corporate estate and build a robust zero carbon roadmap,” said Rob Callaghan, managing director of Vital’s London Division.

“Vital Energi employs a talented team of designers, engineers and financial model specialists to deliver clients real carbon savings through commercially viable solutions in terms of payback against capital spend. We don’t just do the work and hand back the building, each year we will monitor and verify the savings.”

As well as upgrading and optimising Building Management Systems (BMS), Vital Energi will also install Vital View. The BMS performance monitoring system will help deliver continuous improvement and drive energy efficiency and carbon reduction, as well as helping to enhance future projects through gaining a detailed understanding of building operations and usage characteristics.

City of London Corporation Finance Committee Chairman Jamie Ingham Clark said: “This partnership with Vital Energi will enable us to take practical, positive, sustainable steps to make our buildings more energy efficient, delivering the twin benefits of reducing carbon emissions and saving money.

“The project will play a significant role in enabling us to achieve the ambitious targets set out in our Climate Action Strategy, which commits us to achieving net zero carbon status in our buildings by 2027 and across our investments and supply chain by 2040.”


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