Scots universities scoop £20m investment in carbon-reduction projects

Scottish Funding Council

Three universities are to help Scotland meet its carbon emission reduction targets through a number of new cutting-edge projects.

Strathclyde, Stirling and St Andrews’ will receive a total of £20 million from the Scottish Government through the Scottish Funding Council (SFC), as part of a programme of investment in carbon reduction developments, which could become demonstrator projects for other bodies. The projects are as follows:

  • At St Andrews, the £10 million investment will be part of a £25 million renewable energy project at Guardbridge to generate combined heat and power through wood-fuelled biomass. The plant will produce hot water to be pumped four miles underground to heat and cool laboratories and residences in the university.
  • Strathclyde University has received £8 million to construct a combined heat, power and district energy network which, as part of the multi-agency Sustainable Glasgow initiative across the city, will also benefit the wider community. The project is to create a network that will link together Strathclyde’s campus with major energy users in the area, including the existing SFC-funded district heating project at Glasgow Caledonian University and the City of Glasgow College’s energy infrastructure.
  • Stirling University will receive £2 million for the installation of a Combined Heat and Power plant to serve its main campus and the conversion of its existing district heating system to a low temperature. The heat produced as a by-product of the Combined Heat Power plant will be used in the district heating system, producing a projected annual reduction in carbon emissions of 3,597 tonnes.

Education Secretary Michael Russell, MSP, said: “Today’s announcement further underlines both the value of our universities in leading research and innovation and Scotland’s ambitions for low carbon energy.

“Investment for these three universities will not only contribute to reducing our carbon emissions, their work will offer other bodies the opportunity to learn from their work, develop their own projects and further enhance Scotland’s global reputation in this area.”

Minister for Environment Paul Wheelhouse added: “Scotland’s Higher Education sector is very well placed to make a significant contribution, both in research and in action, to carbon reduction, and the projects being funded today have the potential to make a real difference to reducing our carbon emissions.”

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