Southern Railway Ltd has a commitment to achieve a 25% reduction on our nontraction (domestic) energy when compared to a baseline set in 2008/9. This was complicated by a major improvements programme which resulted in installation of energy saving equipment, but also in the installation of a range of equipment which increased consumption. We wanted to establish what we had actually achieved in energy reductions when comparing like-for-like consumption.
Using a third party enabled us to discuss the full range of works carried out, reflect on what those changes really meant to us and establish what our position really was. This has the added advantage of providing a third party, auditable document to support our achievements, which supports our commitment to the Department for Transport, our 14001 certified Environmental Management System and the aspirations of our Environment Strategy.
Carbon Credentials has a clear track record for delivering professional results that meet customers’ needs. When we met the team, the discussions were detailed and drew out a number of avenues for consideration, so we were confident that the task was understood and we would receive a report that answered the questions set fully
Once the project was underway, the questioning of data sets was thorough and it was clear that there was a strong desire to understand the details fully, rather than simply accept any numbers given. This gave us some assurance that the task was being considered in detail. Throughout the data collation process, consideration was taken before contacting the various personnel in order to obtain data that was difficult to access. This improved the efficiency of the project by way of a pragmatic and effective approach.
As things progressed, the outcomes were clear and the route to achieving them fully explained, so we weren’t left with a report that we couldn’t then explain to others. The process involved a preliminary presentation of the findings and an opportunity to improve upon the approaches already in place. This support has been ongoing so we know that if we get asked a question we can’t answer we just have to call!
The team were all a pleasure to work with and were thorough and professional at all times. The results met the objective and have been very well received within the business. The service was delivered as agreed and always with a smile!
We now have a much better understanding of the impacts of the projects we have undertaken: knowledge which will help to drive future programmes. We are now in a position to agree our achievements, which means we will be able to publicise the results soon. Furthermore, the collaboration of information into a centralised location will permit us to utilise valuable data for any future energy performance improvement initiatives.
Everyone involved in the project learnt a lot from the process. Understanding energy in a complex business is no easy task but this learning will support better energy management in the future. Carbon Credentials more than met our expectations and we would happily refer to them for future analysis work.
We would certainly recommend Carbon Credentials to others. Anyone trying to understand energy consumption would benefit from this service. Any time we make contact with Carbon Credentials, we receive a very positive response and they are always happy to work with us to achieve the best possible results. They are a great team!