Dalkia supports the European Investment Bank's plan to reduce its carbon footprint
The European Investment Bank has awarded Dalkia the contract for technical and energy systems management of over 180,000 square meters of its office space in Luxembourg. The four-year contract covers four buildings and includes an ambitious target for carbon footprint reduction.
The EIB, which is the European Union's bank, has undertaken a very determined policy of keeping energy consumption under control and reducing CO2 emissions at all its offices. As part of this policy, it obtained BREEAM certification for the construction of its last building, which was granted the ranking "Excellent".
"This certification is based on the BRE method selected by the OECD as providing the most complete assessment of the environmental performance of a building. It measures over a hundred criteria, ranging from water and energy consumption to effects on the health and wellbeing of the occupants, and even the pollution caused by the transportation of the materials or the environmental impacts of their use."
The EIB selected Dalkia to assist it with this policy, which is part of its Climate Action plan. Aside managing the technical systems, Dalkia will take care of the energy and environmental management of each of the four buildings where it will be responsible for maintenance and multitechnical management services.
"Each of our actions will be assessed for their impact on energy consumption, CO2 emissions and H&S risks."
To meet the targets set by the bank, Dalkia will rely on the skills of its personnel and the on-site presence of an environment manager; beyond that, the company will play a role in putting together awareness programs for the buildings' occupants.
"Choosing the best technologies and optimizing operation of the installations are essential to reducing a building's energy consumption, but that's not enough. For total efficiency, the occupants must be involved and adopt new eco-responsible behavior."
Sixty Dalkia employees will be assigned to the various EIB sites. The contract will generate total revenue of several million euros a year.