BPET is keen to live and work in a much more sustainable way and having recently signed up to the ‘Let’s go Zero 30’ campaign we have now embarked on two initial work-streams regarding lighting and energy monitoring to help enable us to achieve that goal.
We have partnered with an organisation called eEnergy who have recently visited all our schools to identify how we can both save money and procure greener energy in the future.
Five of our schools (RHS, KGS, WPS, HHS and EPS) will have all old, inefficient lights replaced with new LED lighting.
This work will be undertaken by a partner organisation of eEnergy called eLight over the next two months.
This image shows the first works taking place at Kilburn Grange School (KGS), which started on 6th December 2021.
All our schools will have a new Intelligent Metering System installed called MyZeERO. This will give us real time, accurate usage data by internal location to allow us to validate our bills and much more accurately procure our utilities in the near future. This work will also be undertaken by eLight over the coming months.
The benefits of MyZeERO Intelligent Metering to BPET:
There are several ways that the installation of MyZeERO will support the Trust in both the short the long term:
It will provide us with accurate data to validate our bills.
It can tell us when and where our energy wastage is at its highest. This will allow schools to identify faults (i.e. lightings being left on or coming on during the night) and provide staff and pupils with real life data to support educational conversations around us delivering cultural change.
It will enable us to re-tender for our energy contracts, most of which are due for renewal next year.
BPET has entered into an operating lease for the LED lighting and metering systems which will see schools pay subscription’ payments. The savings generated over the 7-year period of the contracts will more than offset the total value of the monthly payments.
eEnergy helps organisations to achieve three of the key steps to achieving net zero: understand energy consumption, transition from brown to green energy and reduce energy usage. Read their press release on our project here.
As the UK hosts COP26, we are proud to announce that BPET has signed up to the ‘Let’s Go Zero 2030’ campaign. We look forward to working with them going forward. They will be attending our January 2022 Inset Day BPET Conference, where they will meet over 300 of our staff.
The Net Carbon topic has been on the Board of Trustees agenda for a while, as Trustee Simon Rule, Founder and CEO of Place Group Consulting Ltd, is already active in this regard for his own businesses and is keen to ensure BPET and all of our schools starts to take action.
Having recently attended the Education Estates Conference Simon confirmed as a recent board meeting “THE ONLY topic of conversation is how schools meet zero carbon targets through improving buildings and encouraging behavioural change!”
Our new Director of Operations, Richard Crompton, has already started work through eEnergy to complete lighting survey’s in each of our eight schools. As our leader on premises and asset management, he will be a key figure in the organisation focussing on the Zero Carbon by 2030 target.
We have also invited The Green Schools Project to our conference in January 2022. We will be working with all Head Teachers and staff going forward after this important Trust event.
Evendons Primary School, Wokingham has won a prestigious accolade for sustainable school travel with help from Wokingham Borough Council. Evendons is the first in the borough and only the eighth in the country to be awarded the highest possible status of platinum in the national Modeshift STARS scheme.
The school has undertaken 75 separate travel initiatives since it joined the scheme three years ago.
Read the full Wokingham Borough News Centre Article here:
“The highlight of the award was when Cllr Keith Baker, the Mayor of Wokingham borough, attended an assembly to present staff and pupils with a certificate to honour their achievement. He talked to the children about his mayoral role before meeting them in the playground as they proudly showed off their scooters and bicycles.
Cllr Gregor Murray, executive member for resident services, communications and emissions, said: “Everybody has a part to play in tackling climate change and I’m delighted that the pupils of Evendons Primary School have shown such dedication to this at such a young age.”