BT Smart Meter Programme

BT rings up £13m energy savings with smart meter programme

Thousands of meters and building management systems installed across the UK, with international expansion planned for 2012

BT says it will save £13m a year and shave five per cent off its carbon footprint by fitting more than 22,000 smart meters and over 1,500 building management systems across its property portfolio.

The installation programme is already underway and will be rolled out to 110 buildings a month, while an international expansion is planned for next year.

BT is also trailing a new 'sleep mode' for broadband connections that promises to slash energy use, as BusinessGreen revealed last month.

The telecoms giant plans to use an integrated energy management system to collate information on energy consumption and environmental conditions across key buildings and telephone exchanges using real-time data from smart meters and individual building systems.

The system will cover more than 90 per cent of BT's UK energy consumption and be able to spot ineffective use of energy, helping to reduce the company's carbon footprint by an estimated 60,000 tonnes a year.

The programme is seen as a vital step in reducing BT's huge energy footprint, which saw the company consume 2,342GWh of energy in 2010-11 across its UK networks, data centres and offices - equivalent to 0.7 per cent of all the electricity used in the UK.

"Having real-time energy usage information for thousands of buildings at our finger tips will really help us drive down BT's carbon footprint and energy bills," said Richard Tarboton, director of energy and carbon at BT, in a statement.

"Thousands of smart meters placed at BT offices, telephone exchanges and data centres will help us monitor energy usage levels and identify areas where we can deliver savings and make buildings more efficient."