Sabien Technology Group plc welcomes Energy White Paper focus

Industry comment

Published: 05 November

Author: Alan O'Brien

Type: Industry comment

Year: 2007

- Royal Bank of Scotland M2G installations delivers savings in excess of 25% and CO2 emissions reduction of 3,835 tons -

London, May 24, 2007? Sabien Technology Group plc ("Sabien"), which manufactures and sells M2G, a micro processor based product that helps reduce carbon emissions and fuel consumption of commercial boiler systems, welcomed the increased support that its M2G technology will receive as a result of the Government's focus on energy saving as announced in the Energy White Paper yesterday.

Specifically, the Government has announced it will create the right incentives for long-term investment by businesses in cost-effective energy efficiency measures, improve information for businesses and set now the future regulatory framework that will drive improvements in the energy efficiency of commercial buildings.

Commenting on the White Paper, Alan O'Brien, CEO of Sabien said,

"While warmly welcoming the broad-ranging and numerous initiatives outlined in White Paper to encourage energy saving in businesses and in the public sector, we find the biggest barriers for companies and institutions undertaking energy efficiency initiatives are the associated project costs and the need for validation of energy consumption and carbon emissions reduction claims.

"Our technology is proven to reduce energy consumption allowing businesses to see that we can clearly deliver on their investment. We believe the financial imperative to save money and deliver value will drive the energy efficiency and the renewable energy industry as much as the need to address climate change."

Sabien has demonstrated this value for the Royal Bank of Scotland Group ("RBSG"). In 2004, RBSG installed its first phase of Sabien's M2G technology at its selected Ulster Bank sites (Ulster Bank is owned by The Royal Bank of Scotland). After extensive trials, energy savings in excess of 25% were achieved.

On the successful completion of phase one, the bank commenced a wider rollout of M2G and The Royal Bank of Scotland Group now has 600 M2G units installed in over 200 of its sites across the UK and Northern Ireland. The most recent M2G units were installed inMay 2007.

Phase one installations showed energy savings in excess of 25%. Installing M2G demonstrated that significant energy savings could be achieved without any detrimental effect on ambient room temperatures.

Phase two installations delivered savings in excess of 25%, reducing CO2 emissions by 3,835 tons and delivering a payback of 54 weeks. Phase three installations are currently being installed.

In April 2007 Graham Jennings, Group Energy Manager at Royal Bank of Scotland Group, said: "M2G is a key component in the group's energy efficiency strategy, and the installation of M2G units throughout our UK fleet of buildings played a major role in helping the bank deliver on its commitment to reducing its energy consumption and carbon emissions. Sabien and M2G delivered."

About M2G

M2G is a micro processor based product. A unit can be retro-fitted to a boiler in 90 minutes. M2G re-assesses the boiler characteristics each time it is switched on and takes into account the variation in the performance of the heating system over time.

The change in boiler performance can be due to a number of factors such as coating and furring of pipe work and radiators, changes in the use of the building, or from the thermal output of installed equipment. M2G only adjusts its performance bases on the daily requirements of the building.

M2G integrates seamlessly with BEMS. All published savings data to date has been achieved in buildings using BEMS.

Not to be confused with a time delay unit M2G is an intelligent micro processor based system measuring temperature loss over time.

Time delay units on the other hand will stop the burner from firing even when there is a real demand from the building for heat. The timer adds additional control but not additional intelligence to the system and comfort levels in the building will be negatively affected.