The University of Edinburgh's Sustainable Energy Centre

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This tour of the 'University of Edinburgh's Sustainable Energy Centre' was given as an afternoon workshop at the EAUC-Scotland Conference 2015 by David Somervell, Sustainability Advisor at the University of Edinburgh.

Session Outline

Since 2002 the University of Edinburgh has invested more than £20 million in an efficient network of low carbon and renewable power generation that now provides the majority of their energy needs. CHP works by capturing the heat that is usually lost when generating power, and using it to heat and cool buildings. This tour provided an opportunity for participants to have a look inside the CHP plant, as well as learn more about the way the University produces its own heat and power. Details on the CHP and DH systems are provided on the attached document.


EAUC-Scotland held their third conference on the 17th November 2015, sharing examples, ideas and opportunities for Colleges and Universities working to develop and promote sustainability within their institution.

The conference theme, A Shared Responsibility, highlighted that for effective change sustainability action is not only needed by estates teams, but also academic and support staff, senior management and students, and requires engagement with local and national partners and other further and higher education institutions.

Find all resources from the Conference using the tag EAUCS2015.