Siemens Building Technologies Division announced today that it has deployed its Site Controls Energy Management System (EMS) across 40 of Red Robin restaurants. As a result of this successful implementation, energy consumption in EMS-controlled locations is down 9 to 15%, driving a significant energy savings for controlled sites each year.
Red Robin chose the Siemens Site Controls platform based on extensible site-level capabilities, a cloud-hosted data center, enterprise dashboards, integrated client services support and proven track record at thousands of retail and restaurant locations. In 2011, Red Robin conducted an extended pilot program in three restaurants and, based on the savings achieved, initiated a third phase of installations.
The investment in EMS follows other Red Robin sustainability efforts, which include collection of cardboard packaging and used fryer oil for recycling, and replacement of lighting with state of the art LED’s in most of Red Robin’s more than 330 company-owned restaurants, as well as the testing of solar panels in three of Red Robin’s Colorado restaurant locations. By the end of 2011, the company’s programs to reduce energy consumption had saved more than 17 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity usage, reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 11,700 metric tons, the environmental equivalent to planting 2,510 acres of trees or removing 2,310 cars from the road.
“It's certainly gratifying to have been benchmarked against our peers and selected by Red Robin after such a thorough due diligence process,” says Marcus Boerkei, general manager for Siemens Retail and Commercial Systems. “Not only does it validate the merits of the technology, it speaks to Siemens ability to extend the benefits EMS within a nationally prominent retail food chain. We look forward to continuing our partnership and support their corporate energy efficiency and sustainability goals.”
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