5.1. Use of resources
Energy resources: electricity and gas
A distinction should be made in relation to the consump-
tion of energy resources, between energy resources con-
sumed directly at the company’s installations, i.e. direct
consumption, and resources consumed by BME employ-
ees outside the company’s facilities, mainly during busi-
ness trips.
Electricity is the main energy resource consumed
directly. Natural gas consumption is minimal as it is used
only at the employees’cafeteria in the Las Rozas building
and run by an external company, and, until November
2013, for heating the MEFF offices in Barcelona.
Electricity is
directly consumed
at the company’s facili-
ties through three main uses: IT equipment, heating and
air conditioning systems and lighting. In order to keep
this consumption low, the company has implemented
the following measures:
• IT equipment:
The company uses suppliers that ensure
that their products meet the energy efficiency stand-
ard ENERGY STAR 5.0., reducing electricity consump-
tion by up to 40% (according to the manufacturer).
Investment to directly reduce electricity consumption
2011
2012
2013
Heating and air-conditioning systems
2,076 €
27,470 €
-
Insulation elements
34,672.53 €
30,083.37 €
-
Electricity and lighting materials and equipment
-
-
44,754.81€
• Heating and air conditioning systems:
BME controls
the temperature inside its buildings and makes rational
use of heating and air-conditioning units installed in all
its premises.
• Lighting:
All BME buildings have a programmed system
of night lighting. The system automatically switches off
most lights at the close of the workday, leaving on only
those lights that are absolutely necessary. Meanwhile,
BME facilities’ common areas are equipped with intelli-
gent lighting systems based on movement-detecting
photovoltaic cells, which activate the lights only when
people enter these rooms. Low-energy light bulbs and
fluorescent light tubes, which help to cut electricity
consumption and carbon dioxide emissions, are also
used in all buildings.
In addition to the measures mentioned above, in 2013
BME continued to make investments to reduce the direct
consumption of electricity.
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