New projects to reduce university carbon emissions
By Rebecca Waller-Davies | 30 Jan, 2012
Four major projects and 24 smaller-scale initiatives at higher education institutions will collectively receive nearly £11m. This work is predicted to reduce CO2 emissions by around 229,000 tonnes per year.
The four retrofit projects
The University of Exeter will focus on Cornwall House, an energy-wasteful 1960s building. The project will focus on 12 kinds of retrofit, including fabric improvements, metering and ventilation improvements.
Light-Emitting Diode (LED) lighting will be installed throughout the University of Dartmouth campus. Fluorescent lamps will be replaced with LED lights and controls will ensure that lights are only illuminated when needed, significantly reducing electricity consumption.
The University of Bradford will transform its library from an energy-intensive 'E' rated building to an 'A' rating for minimal environmental impact.
The project at Plymouth University will create the world's first integrated information communication technology and building energy management system, a system that can control all energy-consuming devices and systems in public or private buildings. The university aims for behavioural change and better energy performance as a result.
Steve Egan, deputy chief executive of HEFCE, said: “Improving energy efficiency in the higher education sector is not all about newbuild programmes. These four retrofit projects will demonstrate the significant gains to be made by improving the efficiency of existing buildings and equipment.”
The 24 small-scale programmes
Twenty-four universities will benefit from small-scale programmes. The funding for these totals nearly £7m. Awards to individual institutions range from £70,000 to £500,000. The projects are wide-ranging, from voltage optimisation and lighting replacements to green IT. The deadline for completion is the end of January 2013, while the four major projects will have until January 2014 to finish construction.
The RGF began in 2008. Money saved due to greater energy efficiency is re-paid into the fund and made available for other carbon reduction projects.
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