Vodafone has launched an energy management solution that can help reduce the energy consumption of a business. The solution, titled Energy Data Management (EDM), allows its users to make better decisions regarding the energy-efficiency policies, processes, and technology of their business. This in turn ensures cost-effective energy usage.
Currently, Vodafone is operating its Energy Data Management solution in 8 countries covering around 35,000 sites. Already it is making some huge savings. Vodafone has made similar savings at other sites around the world. It has also seen a number of benefits, including reduced maintenance costs.
Eric Estrade, Principal Category Manager – Energy, Vodafone Group Supply Chain Management, states, “The beauty of Energy Data Management is that it is very easy to customise to each environment, taking feeds from a wide variety of sources. It means you can track exactly how and where you’re using energy across your whole estate. You can really start to learn how different site systems are contributing to the overall energy consumption. You can also use it to see how external factors such as weather and humidity are affecting usage.”
After witnessing spiralling energy costs, Vodafone set about finding ways to control the consumption of energy within the organisation. At first, Vodafone began using smart meters to monitor consumption, however the company wanted to delve much further.
Vodafone wanted to get a real-time granular understanding of the factors that influence energy consumption, and then use that information to manage the way to consume energy much more proactively.
“During the Proof of Concept we immediately saw an energy cost reduction of up to 40 percent at one site. On average, we achieved a saving of 29 percent across all 200 sites that participated in the trial,” explains Estrade.
The benefits of using Energy Data Management have been outlined in a new white paper published by Vodafone. To view the white paper, click here.