BAE Systems is a global defense, aerospace, and security company that developed many of the world’s most important aircraft, ships, and electronics systems. Visionary thinking is in its DNA. Its approach to improving energy efficiency at its facilities reflects the same spirit. But to achieve its goals, BAE needed a nimble partner: Metrus Energy.
With more than 83,000 employees worldwide, BAE Systems maintains an extensive portfolio of buildings—some older than others. Rather than address energy efficiency issues at its sites on an ad hoc basis, BAE chose to think big. When it determined that some of its buildings in New Hampshire, New York, and New Jersey were due for upgrades, BAE decided to bundle the work into a multi-site program. This created daunting financial, legal, and technical complexities, as each site featured different equipment needs and requirements. Further, BAE was not eager to divert capital from its primary lines of business to pay for things like boilers, chillers, and lights.
Finding the right partner—and the right solution
Metrus enabled BAE to develop a nationwide program that will meet each individual project’s challenges and achieve efficiency improvements. Metrus’ Sustainable Energy Services Agreement (SESA) eliminated capital constraints, ensured that the right technologies were put in place by the right providers, and simplified the process overall.
Metrus’ Sustainable Energy as a Service model provides a unique solution for organizations that want the benefits of an energy efficiency retrofit—such as lower utility and maintenance costs and a smaller carbon footprint—without impacting their balance sheet or capital expenditures budget. Project costs are covered by realized energy savings.
All six BAE projects in three states are operational and reaping the benefits of the improvements, including energy savings; equipment resiliency; fulfillment of corporate sustainability targets; healthier buildings and work environment; and improved equipment reliability and performance. The six projects generate a total annual energy savings of $1.85 million and reduce annual CO2 emissions by 3,433 metric tons. As you might expect, BAE is already thinking ahead to efficiency upgrades at other sites.
"BAE Systems is committed to mitigating the environmental impacts of our ongoing business by becoming increasingly energy-efficient and this program will go a long way to meeting our sustainability goals”
— Don Hill, Director of Facilities, BAE Systems Electronic Solutions Group