Project management and construction company Bovis Lend Lease has deployed software which automatically powers down PCs at night, to help it meet its Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC).
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The Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC) comes into force on 1 April. The scheme sets energy reduction targets for large businesses and government departments.
Bovis Lend Lease specialises in major construction projects such as the Dubai Metro9 and the Olympic Village 2012. Although construction sites have a major environmental impact, the company has been looking at all aspects of the business to reduce its carbon footprint.
Paul Toyne, head of sustainability at Bovis Lend Lease has set ambitious targets for the company to reduce its carbon emissions by 20% within three years. He says, "Two per cent of our CO2 emissions occur in the office. We wanted to reduce the wasted energy that occurs when people fail to switch off their PCs."
Toyne began a project in March 2009 to roll out NightWatchman from 1E to 3,000 users across Europe. The software runs as client-side service on Windows Vista and XP SP2 PCs. It allows administrators to control the power state of PCs on a network.
"By using Nightwatchman we are able to shutdown PCs earlier, which has resulted in a saving of 113,000kW/h," he said, adding that the company has saved £5,500 on electricity costs in 10 months of using the software to turn off PCs remotely.
While this may not sound like a significant saving, Toyne said the software is helping Bovis Lend Lease reduce its carbon footprint. As such, it is playing a role in helping the company meet its Carbon Reduction Commitment.
Along with using Nightwatchman to switch off PCs automatically when staff go home, Toyne has also organised what he calls "behavioural days" to help educate people about the need to switch PCs off. However, he admits that changing the way people do things can take a long time. In the meantime, the company is continuing its roll-out of Nightwatchman and is working with 1E to deploy NightWatchman Server Edition, which provides server energy and efficiency measurement/management.