Future Energy Solutions Wins at the British Parking Awards
Future Energy Solutions (FES) and National Car Parks (NCP) are celebrating following the win of a prestigious accolade at the British Parking Awards 2015. The partnership beat off stiff competition to secure the Sustainable Parking Award for an installation of light emitting diode (LED) lighting technology in the NCP estate.
Now in its fourteenth year, the British Parking Awards is one of the most highly anticipated events in the UK parking calendar. Created and hosted by Parking Review magazine, the 2015 ceremony took place in the four star surroundings of the Lancaster London hotel, where over 500 industry professionals gathered to witness awards being presented for leading examples of car park management, enforcement, design and teamwork.
Accepting the Sustainable Parking Award from television presenter and wheelchair basketball player, Ade Adepitan, who also compered the event, Marcus Brodin, Commercial Director at FES, stated, ‘As one of the biggest and most successful rollouts of LED lighting anywhere in Europe, we are incredibly proud that our work with NCP has been recognised in this way. Our unique funding model has allowed NCP to enjoy energy savings of over 65 per cent, lower its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 11,000 tonnes per annum and reduce its mono-nitrogen oxide (NOx) output by 248lbs over the same period – all with no upfront capital expenditure.’
With over 150,000 spaces in more than 500 car parks accross the United Kingdom, NCP wanted to address the rising costs associated with its previous T8 and T12 fluorescent lamp based lighting infrastructure, and approached FES in early 2013 with a number of improvement objectives. These included a reduction in energy lighting bills; lower maintenance costs; and an overall enhanced lumen output to provide an enhanced customer experience.
Phase 1 of the project involved installing over 66,000 energy efficient luminaires in over 150 multi-storey car parks, and was finished in July 2014. LED was the technology chosen by NCP. The project faced ceiling height restrictions and due to the historical nature of the buildings would not accomodate Induction lighting. Phase 2 & 3 are now underway and will see the installation of a further 35,000 luminaires across a number of surface sites, station car parks, local authority sites and other multi-storey car parks, and is set to start in mid-2015. All of the products FES has installed are performance guaranteed and maintained for the life of the contract at no cost to NCP, taking away the hassle of maintenance and reducing the company’s operational costs.
The prestigious judging panel of industry experts was impressed with the way in which FES clearly identified the environmental issues and how it went about achieving the targets set by NCP. Of particular note were the funding model and the technological and operational innovations used to deliver the improvements.
‘I’m thrilled that our work with FES has resulted in this Sustainable Parking Award,’ commented Tim Duke, NCP’s Technical Director. ‘The challenge we presented was significant and the results have exceeded all of our expectations. Our customers are already experiencing the benefits of LED technology and we are expected to save in excess of £25m over the lifetime of the new luminaires. In addition, I’m particularly pleased that it has enabled us to reduce our carbon footprint and it now plays an important role in helping us fulfil our sustainability based objectives.’