Oct 19, 2017

Veolia and the University of East Anglia sign contract to lower carbon emissions

UK
Power Generation
Sophie Chapman
2 min
UEA and Veolia sign contract to reduce emissions
The global resource management group Veolia, has signed a new 10-year combined heat and power (CHP) contract through its subsidiary group Veo...

The global resource management group Veolia, has signed a new 10-year combined heat and power (CHP) contract through its subsidiary group Veolia CHP UK Limited.

The contract between Veolia and the University of East Anglia (UEA), agreed to reduce carbon emissions, will see two of the latest generation Veolia CHP units installed on the campus, as well as the company providing low carbon electricity.

The 4MWe CHP units will aid the reduction of the 320-acre, Norwich campus' carbon emissions by 35% by 2020, against a 1990 baseline, and support their ‘Sustainable Ways’ vision.

Veolia will also provide lifetime monitoring and maintenance for the installation, under the new CHP agreement.

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“These latest CHP engines replaced the original engines installed in 1999 and, along with a third existing CHP engine, will allow us to generate over 80% of electricity onsite, reducing costs and carbon dioxide emissions,” said UEA representative, Richard Bettle.

The units will annually generate approximately 30GWh of electricity, helping the university reduce its annual emissions by a further 4,000 tonnes.

The system will use a district heating and cooling network and electrical infrastructure to supply the 18,800-body campus.

This is the conclusive stage of UEA’s three-year project that has seen a variety of new, more energy-efficient boilers, pumps, and thermal stores installed.

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May 13, 2021

All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency

schools
energyefficiency
Renewables
Dominic Ellis
2 min
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only UK regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil

Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.

Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.

According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.

Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.

“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."

He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."

North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).

The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.

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