Q-Park is a large consumer of electricity, both for lighting and operational equipment, as well as for charging electric cars. We have an energy-saving programme in place to implement measures for reducing energy consumption, demonstrating clear benefits – in financial terms as well as in our environmental impact.
For example, lighting is automatically dimmed to emergency levels and switch to brighter lighting when movement of cars or pedestrians is detected. We also take simple operational measures to decrease energy consumption by temporarily closing off parking decks in quiet periods.
As we provide more EV charging points in our parking facilities, more energy is consumed for EV charging which is simply added to the total energy consumed in our car parks. It is not currently possible for us to differentiate between the energy we provide for EV charging and the energy we consume for operating our parking facilities.
In 2021, the total amount of energy measured, in GWh, we consumed in our owned and long-leased parking facilities (O+LL PFs) increased very slightly by 0.75%. We should note here that both 2020 and 2021 were ‘pandemic’ years with unusually low levels of car park occupation. This does not reflect our usual pattern of energy consumption for normal operations.
Chart 23 Total GWh consumed by O+LL PFs
The following chart shows that the cumulative reduction in kWh per parking space in O+LL car parks since 2018 is 25%. The marked reduction from 2019 to 2020 is attributable to the LED transformation project.