National Energy Efficiency Framework smashes expectations – $2 million electricity savings across our Australian centres.
During the year our Engineering, National Facilities and Centre Experience teams came together to roll out our National Energy Efficiency Framework (NEEF) across our Australian portfolio.
The objective was simple: fine-tune our equipment performance and find zero-cost ways to reduce our energy consumption, specifically looking at equipment performance and energy reduction opportunities.
“Our objective was to ensure each centre operates as efficiently as possible, simply by optimising the way our existing plant and equipment works,” explains Steven Sam, Senior Engineering Manager, Design and Construction. “Collectively, our portfolio is one of the largest consumers of energy in Australia and we naturally have a strong commitment to sustainability, the responsible use of energy, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”
There were three words the teams agree were fundamental to any efforts in improving the efficiency of our assets: low-cost; no-cost and teamwork.
"We have teams on the ground with an enormous amount of knowledge about how their centre runs."
Scott Moore, Regional Manager, Centre Experience
“In many cases, we were simply looking for minor tweaks and adjustments that we knew would deliver a significant uplift in efficiency.”
“It’s just amazing to see how our design and construction and customer experience teams have pulled together to roll out the NEEF in the most meaningful way for each centre, supporting our asset teams to achieve their objectives. It’s been a two-way conversation and we’re already seeing some outstanding results – well above expectations in several cases.”
So, how’d we do?
“We’ve now implemented the NEEF across our Australian assets, achieving some really exciting results,” says Steven.
The NEEF has achieved an average of 5% reduction in energy consumption across all centres, equating to $2 million in savings without investing anything except collective focus and innovative thinking from our teams.
“It’s largely been very simple changes in our behaviours – like turning off lights, reviewing start and finish times for escalators and lifts – that have led to a significant impact on our energy consumption,” says Steven.
“The teams from engineering, national facilities and centre experience have really pulled together and worked hard to achieve this fantastic outcome.”
And congratulations are in order for Westfield West Lakes in particular, leading the charge with a whopping 18% energy saving!