The University has been successful in a £500,000 bid for energy efficiency funding to HEFCE’s Revolving Green Fund. This funding is a major boost to reaching our 35% carbon reduction target by 2016, and will be invested in a wide range of projects over the next 15 months. Planned projects include:
- Expanding our energy metering in key buildings right across the estate, to increase our understanding of how buildings are performing
- Continuing our programme of upgrading inefficient lighting and installing lighting sensors where appropriate
- Investigating the suitability of LED street lighting and subsequent installations
- Surveying Whiteknights’ campus buildings to identify those suitable for cavity wall insulation and subsequently installing the insulation where appropriate
- Installing additional heating controls to areas of Park House catering facilities
- Installing a building control system in a large tenanted property
The Revolving Green Fund is open to all higher education institutions in England and the £500,000 award is a significant proportion of their overall energy efficiency funding of £10 million.
A key part of HEFCE’s criteria was to be able to demonstrate our commitment and track record in reducing our carbon emissions, which we have demonstrated amply through our carbon reductions, capital investments to date and our award winning behavioural change initiatives.
Keep an eye on these pages for news of further projects planned for the coming year.
HEFCE is the Higher Education Funding Council for England