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Energy Assets’ Symphony of Sustainability with the Royal College of Music

INA member Energy Assets, and the Royal College of Music (RCM), have announced a collaboration that they hope will harmonise the art of music with the science of sustainability. This partnership – an example of how IDNOs are supporting the drive towards Net Zero – underscores a shared commitment among INA members to help reduce carbon emissions, with Energy Assets in this case playing a pivotal role in orchestrating a sustainable future through innovative technology.

The Royal College of Music, a beacon of musical excellence, has embraced artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance energy efficiency across its historic and modern campus. This strategic move is part of the RCM’s ambitious plan to achieve Net Zero carbon by 2035, reflecting a dedication to sustainability that resonates with the ethos of our member companies.

Energy Assets’ deployment of AMR DNA machine learning technology at the RCM’s Prince Consort Road site is a testament to the transformative power of AI in managing energy consumption. By analysing half-hourly meter data from a network of new electricity sub-meters, the system identifies patterns that highlight energy wastage, from unnecessary equipment use to heating control discrepancies. This AI-driven approach allows for the refinement of the RCM’s building management system (BMS), ensuring energy performance is finely tuned to the demands of both heritage and contemporary structures.

The use of AMR DNA extends beyond electricity to provide insights into gas consumption, offering a comprehensive view of energy use that supports the RCM’s broader Net Zero ambitions. Gethin Lewis, Estates Projects & Environmental Coordinator at RCM, highlights the institution’s significant progress, with a 60% reduction in Scope 1 and 2 emissions since 2004/05, even amidst extensive campus development.

Looking ahead, the RCM aims to reduce its carbon footprint further by focusing on both direct energy emissions and Scope 3 emissions, which encompass procurement, travel, and transport. This holistic approach to sustainability includes adopting lower carbon heat sources, optimising electrical systems, and leveraging AI to identify and eliminate energy waste.

Energy Assets’ contribution to the RCM’s sustainability journey exemplifies the potential of technology to drive meaningful change. The partnership not only advances the RCM’s environmental goals but also serves as an inspiration for the integration of tradition with technology in pursuit of a greener future.

The INA is delighted to celebrate the success of of IDNOs like Energy Assets and the Royal College of Music as they compose an ensemble for sustainability, setting the stage for other institutions to follow in their footsteps towards Net Zero. This collaboration highlights the impact our members can have in supporting significant environmental objectives through innovation and expertise.


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