Carbon Reduction/ Energy Projects
We continue to add and review projects in our Carbon Management Plan concentrating on exceeding 3% of our annual carbon tonnes reduction target to ensure the 2020 target is met. Included in this is a mix of previous and future projects. See Appendix D, and P34 – P38 in the Wrexham Glyndwr University Carbon Management Plan
Paul Wright, Energy and Maintenance Manager, at Wrexham Glyndŵr University - “Our energy projects and carbon reduction activities have a positive impact on the lives of our staff, students and customers. Here at WGU we realise the economic benefit of greenhouse gas emission reductions and investments in efficiency gains and deploying low-carbon energy technologies”
Fiona Begg, Energy and Sustainability Assistant - "It is vital we continue to address our environmental risk. Investing in energy efficiency initiatives not only saves the University money, but also stimulates innovation and reduces our Carbon Footprint.”
Take a look below at some of our past lighting and heating projects and the excellent results achieved.
Wrexham Glyndŵr University has invested in two Salix funded energy-efficient technologies; both large-scale upgrades to pipework insulation and lighting at its Wrexham campus. The two major carbon reduction projects, totalling £65k took place June to October 2013. Data analysed, comparison month on month since project completion continually shows impressive savings.
• Edward Llwyd Building, Plas Coch Site, Wrexham - £35 k Lighting Refurbishment .This was an electricity project consisting of an extensive upgrade to LED andT5 fittings in a library building. The first 12 months saw 173, 000 kWh, 85 tonnes of CO2 and £17k savings.
• Insulation of Heating and Hot Water Pipework & Fittings - Plas Coch Site, Wrexham - £30 k heating pipework insulation project to ducts and main boiler house. As with the lighting upgrade project impressive results were achieved. The first 12 months saved 1,080,900 kWh, 200 CO2 tonnes and £24 k.
The projects were managed by Paul, Energy & Maintenance Manager and Fiona, Energy & Sustainability Assistant. This included a Salix Loan Application process, Tender Compilation, Programme of works, through to completion.
Both projects were showcased in EM (Energy Manager) Magazine.
Salix, from whom we obtained interest-free funding to invest in our heating project now use Wrexham Glyndŵr University as a project case study.
Elite Energy carried out the lighting project installation and produced the following publication.
Lighting up at Plas Coch – December 2017
New lamps have been installed in the Students Union area, the main walk way between Engineering and ‘D’ Block buildings and the Quadrangle/ United Kitchen areas. Other areas include the Health Centre and ‘A’ block building, facing the Stadium. So far just under 60 lamp fittings, a mixture of SOX and SON, high and low pressure sodium discharge lamps, have been replaced with more energy efficient LED lamps.
The new LED lighting fittings have a light spectrum which is a vast improvement in comparison to the previous discharge lamps. They also have a life span of about 50,000 hours, with a very slow decay.
In certain areas within Plas Coch we looked to increase light levels with higher wattage LED floodlights and in other areas we looked to maintain the light levels, installing more efficient lamps to provide comparable light output at a reduced wattage. This has ensured the lighting system serves the design goals of the space in each specific place, bearing in mind both the needs of highly pedestrianised areas and high traffic usage areas.
We are also controlling our energy usage for external lighting further with our energy management software systems, photocells (light sensors) and time clocks. This way we are able to control the hours the lighting system is used, eliminating waste and reducing energy usage.
Significant operating cost savings of £1500 per annum will result in our ability to pay for the £5k investment, calculating at just under 3.5 years payback. Our consumption savings from Stage One will total over 11,000kwh, which equates to almost 4 ton of C02. Excellent results!
Stage Two is now in planning for Crispin Lane along with other areas of priority and will be rolled out shortly.
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Watch this space for our next period of energy saving activities.