Glyndwr Uni aims to smash carbon management targets
A Welsh university has the energy to go even greener in 2015.
Glyndŵr University has reduced emissions and is on course to smash its carbon management targets next year.
The Wrexham-based institution, which has campuses in London, St Asaph and Northop, has significantly lowered its energy use in past months.
In comparison with April-October 2013 the university decreased consumption of gasoil by 65% and reduced electricity levels by 7%, water by 20% and gas by 30% in 2014. The financial savings topped £42,000.
Energy and sustainability assistant Fiona Williams and Paul Wright, energy and maintenance manager, say the improvements can be attributed to a number of projects, including new lighting in the Edward Llwyd Centre and insulation of heating and hot water pipework and fittings at the 125-year-old Wrexham campus.
The schemes were funded by Salix, a finance group which enables public sector organisations to take a lead in tackling climate change via the installation of modern, greener technologies.
“Salix were so impressed by our insulation project that they are currently using it as a case study for other town and community councils to view as best practice in carbon management,” said Fiona.
Paul added: “We have worked hard to make savings here at Glyndŵr University, both financially and ecologically.
“The results are very positive and we will continue to make reductions in our carbon footprint at all of the university’s campuses.”
Glyndŵr was already leading the way environmentally, having been described last year – in a report by Verco for the Carbon Trust in Wales and Hefcw, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales – as “poised to be a leader in carbon management amongst higher education institutions (HEIs) in Wales”.
The university also moved 45 places up the Green League ranking, putting it among the most eco-friendly HEIs in the UK, and is targeting an 18% reduction in emissions by 2020.
Current initiatives include monitoring timetables and heating set points, upgrading metering and target systems, a utility audit investigation and the annual Christmas switch-off, when staff members are encouraged to turn off lights and unplug all equipment during the festive break.
Upcoming projects involve upgrades in the William Aston Hall and main Plas Coch site, a new boiler at Corbishley Hall in Northop and replacement of heating systems in the Mold Road Stand at the Glyndŵr University Racecourse Stadium.
Lynda Powell, director of operations, said the institution is committed to reducing its carbon footprint and leading the way in energy efficiency.
“We will continue to work hard to make Glyndŵr one of the greenest universities in the country,” she added.