Colliers International Investment Property Management team has developed a new sustainable energy programme for managed commercial properties which allows them to access Green Energy for the same cost as Brown Energy.

The IPM team has completed a framework agreement for the procurement of electricity which allows all power requirements sourced through the framework to be accessed by 100 per cent green energy sources. 

Colliers has also managed to secure a 12 month fixed price for energy across the national portfolio that has resulted in prices being retained at those agreed in September 2012. This is despite a 9.7 per cent wholesale energy price increase in the same period.

Mike Bull, Director of Investment Property Management and head of Colliers’ National Sustainability Team, said: “All properties managed through Colliers will be able to gain access to this Framework which was achieved at no extra cost to our clients or their tenants, achieved through offsetting the price for Green Energy by the saving in Climate Change Levy. It’s not just Green Energy, which has been available for some time, but the negotiation of the framework agreement that allows us to place our whole portfolio into Green Energy supplies at no additional cost over Brown Energy.”

Clients such as Aviva, Staffordshire and Leicestershire County Councils are some of the clients who have already signed up to the framework. “This measure will be introduced across our entire managed portfolio which really make a difference in terms of energy efficiency, and reduce running costs and carbon footprints. As existing supply contracts expire, they will be put into the framework as long as the offering by the supplier is sufficiently competitive, “said Bull.

The   agreement also includes free provision of Automatic Monitoring & Reading (AMR) meters across the entire portfolio, allowing Colliers International to monitor consumption remotely to ensure accurate manual meter readings, but also to demonstrate how the measures they’ve put in place at buildings really impact upon consumption.

“We can’t force our clients to prioritise sustainability – especially in difficult economic circumstances - but we can make it as easy as possible for them to do so and we’ve demonstrated that Green Energy needn’t break the bank.  This builds on the aims of the Colliers Green Standard – to make sustainability an integral part of our role in Property Management, not a bolt on,” said Bull.

The framework agreement was arranged through Zero Trace Procurement, which has been appointed to place Gas and Electricity contracts across Colliers’ portfolio.