University of St Andrews to slash carbon footprint

On 2 August, the University of St Andrews announced that it has launched a £3.75mn energy conservation campaign that could see the university reduce its carbon footprint by 950 tonnes a year. The overhaul could also result in the university saving £650,000 a year in operating costs.

Among the energy saving measures being deployed are a new district heating network, new energy efficient LED lighting installations, and solar power unit fittings at the university’s sports centre. Smart building management systems will also be installed.

The project was procured through the Scottish Government Non Domestic Energy Efficiency Framework and will be delivered by Vital Energi, which previously delivered the university’s £25mn biomass energy scheme.

St Andrews Quaestor Derek Watson said: “We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and increasing our energy efficiency wherever possible as we move towards our goal of becoming carbon neutral for our energy use.”

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