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BME AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2014

BME

5.1. USE OF RESOURCES.

Energy resources: electricity and gas

BME’s products and services are unlikely to have a

significant environmental impact. However, important

actions are taken to reduce both direct consumption

and of those resources consumed by BME employees

outside the company’s installations, mainly during

business 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 which is run by an external company.

Direct consumption

of electricity at BME’s facilities

generally comes from BME’s three key areas: IT equip-

ment, HVAC systems and lighting. In order to minimise

consumption, the following preventative measures

have been introduced:

IT equipment:

The company uses suppliers who use

clean technologies to ensure that their products

meet the ENERGY STAR 5.0.energy efficiency

standard, reducing electricity consumption by up

to 40% (according to the manufacturer).

Flat screens are used and all computers are fitted

with energy efficiency devices to limit the time they

are switched on when idle, thereby saving energy.

HVAC systems:

The temperature inside BME’s build-

ings is kept at an appropriate level and staff are

encouraged to act responsibly, thereby helping

reduce consumption and CO

2

emissions.

Lighting:

BME’s Las Rozas building has a pro-

grammed system of night lighting. The system auto-

matically switches off most lights at the end of the

working day, leaving on only those lights that are

absolutely necessary.

The communal areas of the Las Rozas building are

fitted with a smart lighting system based on move-

ment-detecting photovoltaic cells thereby ensuring

electricity is not wasted through constant use.