01 Dec 2014 05:12:49
RBS AND CARILLION INVEST IN GROUNDBREAKING ‘ULTRA-LOW ENERGY’ TECHNOLOGY TO REDUCE WASTE AND SLASH COSTS
Global banking group, RBS, and leading integrated support services company, Carillion, have both invested in a groundbreaking new ultra-low energy ‘smart’ hand dryer from SAVORTEX in a bid to significantly cut waste and reduce energy costs.
RBS is installing the British-made EcoCurveTM in 50 of its sites, which will save the company £30,000 and 14,000 tonnes of waste per site, per year.
Carillion is also specifying the new greener washroom technology, and as a result is set to save 50% of carbon emissions for many of its high profile blue chip clients.
The SAVORTEX EcoCurve data-driven hand dryer has the lowest carbon footprint per dry on the market, and includes a revolutionary data intelligence portal that will help buildings and facilities managers monitor and evidence energy savings, as well as better manage ongoing washroom maintenance.
Euan Burns, Chief Engineer at Carillion plc, said:
“With the UK built environment alone contributing 28% to the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions, smart cost savings and effective washroom management based on real data intelligence is increasingly important to Carillion and our clients.
“The EcoCurve smart hand dryer supports that strategy by reporting on energy, carbon and costs using actual footfall in the washrooms. Based on the data intelligence produced by the EcoCurve, the smart dryer stands to reduce carbon emissions by 50% compared to previous solutions, and it offers the lowest carbon footprint per dry in its class.
“Furthermore, Big Data is critical to managing facilities and improving resource efficiency, and the SAVORTEX Data Intelligence Portal will help us manage and reduce the hidden costs in our clients’ washrooms. We will use the data, not only for day-to-day washroom management, but also for trend analysis over long periods of time, supporting our sustainable procurement policy, allowing us to make decisions based on the intelligence the dryers are providing.
“With its ultra-low energy technology, SAVORTEX has developed a ground-breaking smart hand dryer that allows us to reduce carbon, waste and costs while improving our service to our clients.”
The SAVORTEX EcoCurve is the first successful product to be developed, tested and brought to market as part of the RBS Innovation Gateway initiative, which was launched earlier this year. The initiative works with pioneering SMEs, innovators and investors that are working to make an impact on business waste production and reduction of water and energy consumption.
After testing the product on its own sites, RBS was so impressed by the results that it is now installing the EcoCurve in 50 buildings in a first phase of a long-term process.
John Hayes, Property Services, RBS, said:
"In the past, Corporate Responsibility and cost management were relatively separate activities. However, in recent times these two agendas have moved much closer together to a more complimentary status.
“We at RBS chose to undertake a trial with SAVORTEX, as we felt that they had created a product (EcoCurve data dryer) that recognised investment in resource efficiency and was also commercially sustainable.”
Marcela Navarro, RBS Head of Customer Innovation, said:
“SAVORTEX is the first success story to emerge and provides the proof that the RBS Innovation Gateway concept works. It’s inspiring to see a brilliant innovation implemented in the RBS estate.”
Syed Ahmed, Founder of SAVORTEX LTD said:
“We are delighted that both RBS and Carillion have embraced this new technology and recognised the significant savings the EcoCurve can make, both to their costs and to the waste they and their clients produce.
“Carillion has a reputation for its commitment to mitigating climate change, so for our technology to get this approval is a really exciting milestone for us!
“18% of UK carbon emissions and 177 million tonnes of waste is produced from UK businesses alone. There are 70 million washrooms globally, of which twenty percent still use energy-hungry, massively inefficient and wasteful hand-drying solutions.
“This is not sustainable, We must change these shocking statistics and invest in products that minimise waste and energy usage, and that can bring much-needed financial savings to businesses worldwide.”
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SAVORTEX (www.savortex.com) was founded by entrepreneur, Syed Ahmed. Syed was part of the popular BBC show, The Apprentice, and appeared in series two.
SAVORTEX Ltd is a dynamic technology company that has pioneered the world’s first intelligent and economical hand drying products, for use at home or work. The company is a multi-award winning, British eco technology company that has pioneered innovative technology to create eco-friendly hand dryers, one of which is the EcoCurveTM Smart Dryer.
The company, which designs and manufactures these state-of-the-art products, serves some of the world’s leading brands that value sustainability, such as British Airways, Marriott Hotels, Everything Everywhere, and many more.
SAVORTEX has been selected as one of the UK’s top 16 high-growth Cleantech companies backed by the UKTi, and part of an elite team of British technology companies invited to visit Dubai jointly by the government of Dubai, Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), with the aim of rolling out their new range of innovative data dryers.
The SAVORTEX unique 'energy recovery system’ and ‘smart GSM data communications technology' makes it a leading player in the hand drying market, utilising its pioneering and patented techniques within sleek and elegant units. The unique nature of SAVORTEX’s design and engineering capabilities not only makes their product virtually impossible to replicate, but also creates opportunities for the intellectual property to be widely leveraged through a range of innovative products.