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Doing
it for the Danes

The Royal Danish Embassy in London reports on cutting their electricity by 23%

For over a year now 10:10 UK has proudly reported on the carbon cutting activities of UK embassies around the world, from Argentina to Beijing. Now Chris Adams, Building Manager for the Royal Danish Embassy in London, has got in touch to tell us how they're doing their bit, too – including cutting their electricity by 23% in the last year! Over to Chris to tell us how they did it and we look forward to seeing which country's embassy will be next.

We had a busy year at the embassy making sure everyone felt as if they were part of 10:10 and that everyone taking part was paramount to the whole process working.

I helped to change people’s thought process with simple reminders and posters to point to the benefits of switching computers, printers and other office equipment off when not in use.

A large amount of work took place in the main plant rooms – converting old compressors, pumps and electronic valves to modern energy efficient equipment. I changed the running times of the air conditioning plant on the building management system to maximise the down time.

PIR sensors were installed to make sure that lights in corridors, canteen and toilets were only switched on when the spaces were in use and all fittings were upgraded to energy saving bulbs.

In the year prior to the changes, the carbon footprint from the embassy’s electricity use was 552 tonnes. By introducing wide-ranging changes, the figure was reduced to 426 tonnes in our 10:10 action year from October 2009 to September 2010. In other words, the total electricity consumption had been reduced by 23%.

The Danish Ambassador to the UK, Birger Riis-Jørgensen, said the result was very encouraging.

 “We will continue to focus on energy savings in the years to come. Our participation in the 10:10 scheme shows it’s possible to make significant cuts. We have a duty to bring down our carbon footprint to the lowest level possible. It benefits the environment, but also reduces the cost of running the embassy.”

But of course it's not just about the savings within this one builiding and the Ambassador points out, “The campaign at the embassy in London reflects the wider energy policy in the Danish state sector, where all ministries have been asked to cut their use of heating, electricity and water by 10 percent from 2006 to 2011.”