Magazine article New Zealand Management

Intouch: Going Green Saves $1.2 Million

Magazine article New Zealand Management

Intouch: Going Green Saves $1.2 Million

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North Shore City Councila[euro]s innovative sustainability initiatives led to savings of more than $1.2 million last year, and that figure is likely to increase by half as much again this year.

Thata[euro]s because sustainability is a[euro]primarily about creating efficiencies a[euro]" and that makes good business sense,a[euro] according to North Shore Citya[euro]s sustainability manager Michael Field.

a[euro]But it has the added bonus of helping to protect our environment.a[euro]

The savings are the result of a range of measures from contract negotiations and procurement procedures to fleet, waste and energy management. The biggest chunk of savings to overall operational costs a[euro]" approximately $200,000, or the equivalent of enough kilowatt hours to power 200 homes for a year a[euro]" has been as a result of a new city-wide energy and carbon management system.

The first step towards planning for the future and making savings was to work with Genesis Energy to understand what the citya[euro]s energy profile was, taking into account all consumption from street and public toilet lighting, to council facilities and natural gas use.

The audit led to refunds as a result of incorrect charging, and a new, fully automated online system has given visibility of every site, and bills are now automatically rejected if the rate per kilowatt doesna[euro]t match up.

a[euro]Wea[euro]ve got a city-wide energy bill of $5 million a year including gas, so anything we can do to reduce that saves us money and helps us reduce our carbon footprint,a[euro] says Field. …

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