Scotland’s University of St. Andrews has embarked on a £3.75 million energy conservation overhaul to reduce its carbon footprint by an estimated 950 tonnes per year and save £650,000, a year in operating costs.
Aerial View of St. Andrews Courtesy of Vital Energi
Among the energy saving measures being deployed is a new district heating network to supply heat and power to University buildings in the center of St. Andrews, installing new energy efficient LED lighting, and fitting solar power units at the sports center.
State of the art smart building management systems are to be installed and air handling unit fans and fume cupboards are to be upgraded.
The project was procured through the Scottish Government Non-Domestic Energy Efficiency (NDEE) Framework and will be delivered by sustainable energy specialists Vital Energi who previously delivered the University’s £25 million biomass energy scheme at Eden Campus.
The NDEE project will see improvements made to 30 University buildings. The buildings were selected as they represent the highest energy usage across the campus, which equates to approximately 85 percent of the University’s annual energy spend.
“We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and increasing our energy efficiency wherever possible as we move towards our goal of becoming carbon neutral for our energy use,” said Derek Watson of St. Andrews.
Vital Energi’s operations manager for Scotland praised the University for its approach to becoming carbon neutral, saying, “They are clear in their ambition and have developed a long-term plan for becoming carbon neutral for energy and this is another significant step towards making that ambition a reality.”