Green Gown Awards 2015 Carbon Reduction - The University of Warwick - Finalist

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University of Warwick One (Carbon) Step Ahead

The University opened a new energy centre hosting two ultra-efficient CHP engines to nearly double its self-generated electricity and heat.  Alongside its existing plant, the University can now generate over 75% of our electricity and heat needs through its 19km long campus wide heat network.

The University has a self-imposed rule that all new buildings (being a minimum of BREEAM Excellent and EPC A Rated) must be connected to this system. Innovation and continuous improvement are built in through interconnected controls to optimise thermal energy storage, maximise energy generation while minimising carbon emissions.

The expansion and continuous improvement of the heat network is a key priority for the University. The use of CHPs allows it to save 8,000 tCO2 pa, a 17% saving, while increasing resilience and ability to support campus expansion. The added benefits are financial savings, increased collaboration with research and academics as well as improved promotion of sustainability across campus.

Top 3 learnings

1 The implementation of a CHP can have a positive and lasting effect on carbon emissions

2 It adds a good amount of resilience to future energy market fluctuations

3 The financial benefits outweigh initial set up costs (potential for short payback periods).

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