Logica has won a contract to provide a carbon monitoring system to Defence Estates, a UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) organisation. As its name suggests, Defence Estates is responsible for managing defence establishments and offices and one of its key responsibilities is the MOD-wide reduction in carbon emissions of 12.5% by 2012 and 30% by 2020, relative to 1999/2000 levels, set out in the Sustainable Operations on the Government Estate (SOGE) targets.
The system to be provided, which will be based on Logica’s SIRA sustainability reporting tool, will capture real-time data from the large number of energy smart meters currently being installed in Defence sites. Monitoring the energy use will help highlight individual sites and buildings where energy consumption needs to be addressed and enable comparisons across the estate.
The system, which is planned to be operational by April 2010, could also potentially be used to monitor the progress of some energy measures being installed by Defence Estates, including lighting controls, improved insulation, biomass boilers and ground source heat pumps. The system will also be extended to provide data on oil and liquid petroleum gas consumption in due course.
Logica will be pleased about this one, which really puts it on the map as a carbon management provider. The MoD currently spends over £1bn a year on its estate, which includes over 4,000 sites in an area equivalent to about 1% of the UK landmass. It spends more than £300m annually on energy.
With CA announcing the deal with Tesco yesterday, carbon management solutions seem to be coming more into focus, with the large software and solutions players staking out their ground. It’s likely that these players will take a significant slice of the action in the long term, so the new kids on the block (see previous blog) really need to partner up, focus on the broader market of smaller organisations or start thinking about an exit strategy.