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Blackpool Transport has seen its energy consumption cut by more than 65%

Blackpool Transport has seen its energy consumption cut by more than 65%
Utility Team’s James Rant

A leading utilities consultancy which has helped to reduce a bus and tram operator’s energy consumption by over 65 per cent has been invited to share its expertise with the industry.

Midlands-based Utility Team, which works with businesses from all sectors around the UK to manage their utility contracts and reduce their energy consumption, has helped Blackpool Transport to achieve the significant saving over the last year.

It has now been invited by Blackpool Transport to attend the annual conference of the Association of Local Bus Company Managers (ALBUM) which it is hosting at the Hilton Hotel, Blackpool, on Tuesday, May 9 and Wednesday, May 10.

ALBUM has around 160 members representing bus operators in the UK and provides a forum to exchange best practice and influence policy for the promotion of high-quality services that encourage more people to travel by bus.

Utility Team, which has its headquarters in Coventry and an office in Birmingham, has been managing energy contracts on behalf of Blackpool Transport for three years.

Blackpool Transport operates a network of buses and trams across the Fylde Coast which includes the oldest electric street tramway in the world with records dating back to 1884.

James Rant, business development manager at Utility Team, said: “We buy, manage and help reduce energy for Blackpool Transport which involves us providing an array of compliance, procurement and sustainability services.

“Over the last year, we have helped to reduce operable consumption by over 65 per cent.  This was achieved by us conducting a sustainability survey which highlighted an issue with lighting.

“As well as demonstrating the significant reductions that we can help to achieve, it also shows the additional benefits we can deliver beyond simply buying supplies on behalf of a client.

“We are keen to work with other bus operators and are delighted to have the opportunity at this year’s ALBUM conference to talk to industry representatives about their own energy requirements and how we can help them tackle the ever-growing costs.”

James Carney, financial director at Blackpool Transport, said: “We are delighted with the energy efficiency that Utility Team has helped us to achieve.

“As hosts of this year’s ALBUM conference, we have invited Utility Team to exhibit so that others within our industry can learn of the real benefits that can be had from working with an energy consultancy.”

Andrew Mann
After 34 years working in numerous operational and communications disciplines for three FTSE companies (Yorkshire Electricity; Meggitt and BAE Systems), at over a dozen locations, on 24 November 2016, I became the inaugural editor of Business Lancashire. Business Lancashire is a good news, Lancashire focused, business website and daily newsletter. It is a partnership between The Samuel James Group and the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce. Over the years, I have written hundreds of press releases, features for trade magazines, copy for websites and brochures, edited in-house magazines and newsletters, as well as presenting a radio programme on Chorley FM. This experience has given me the ideal background for editing Business Lancashire.