Glasgow City Council


Glasgow City Council is the largest local authority in Scotland, employing just under 19,000 people to help deliver essential services to the city and its 600,000 residents.

The Problem

The budgetary challenge within the public sector has seen spending reduce across the country. This has made the challenge of meeting carbon reduction targets much tougher.

Forward-thinking public sector bodies have continued to invest in infrastructure projects which will ultimately lead to reduced overheads in the future.

But, with such scrutiny on spending, it is important that public sector organisations invest in the right technologies in order to prove value for money.

Our Solution

Glasgow City Council engaged CBG to project manage the powerPerfector installations carried out by SSE across much of its estate. Having trusted partners and expert advice is vital when determining which energy saving measures to implement.

SSE are the perfect delivery partner – knowledgeable about the technology and how to install it and able to provide insight in to which buildings within the Glasgow City Council estate will see the greatest savings from VPO®.

SSE surveyed the estate, logging the incoming voltages and made an assessment of the type of electrical loads building by building. Voltage optimisation technology is most effective within sites with large lighting and air conditioning loads.

The Results

SSE’s expert installers implemented the technology within schools, offices, museums and leisure centres. In total, the Council will reduce its annual electricity bill by £308,000. What is more, because it is registered for the Carbon Reduction Commitment, reducing carbon emissions by 1658 tonnes will, in addition, save nearly £20,000 a year.

The technology will have paid for itself within four years and will continue providing energy saving and additional power conditioning benefits throughout its 50+ year useful life.

The Overview

  • 1,658,000 CO2kg Saved
  • £308,000 Saved

“We have been very impressed with the speed and professionalism of the VPO® rollout. powerPerfector and SSE have delivered a project that is producing excellent energy savings and a more sustainable future for Glasgow.”

Andrew Mouat, Energy Officer

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