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Making London's public sector buildings more energy efficient

We want London’s public sector buildings to be as energy efficient as possible
From press releases - 1 June 2011 09:00 AM

RE:FIT (formerly Buildings Energy Efficiency Programme) is our award winning public programme that offers a cost neutral way to reduce energy use and cut CO2 emission in public sector buildings.

It is part of a global programme led by the Clinton Climate Initiative bringing together the world's leading cities (C40) to tackle climate change. London is the first of the C40 cities to launch such a programme.

We’re leading by example

We are committed to using RE:FIT to cut energy use in our own GLA group buildings. Work has already started on 42 buildings including fire stations, police stations and TfL buildings.

These projects will reduce energy by 28% on average over a seven–year period, saving the GLA an annual £1m on energy bills. A further 58 GLA buildings have already been pledged to the programme.

How it works

Through RE:FIT public sector organisations appoint an energy service company (ESCo) to install energy efficiency measures in their buildings. The ESCo guarantees a set level of annual energy and cost savings over an agreed payback period. This provides a net saving longer term. There are 12 RE:FIT framework suppliers.

Get involved

If you're a public body interested in reducing the energy consumption and carbon footprint of your buildings or want to find out more, please email:refit@lda.gov.uk

And just think, if all sector buildings in London used this model, together we could save around £500million in energy costs.