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Further and higher education

Energy efficiency and carbon saving advice for the further and higher education sector.

University and colleges energy efficiency

Annual energy costs for the Further and higher education (FHE) sector are around £400 million, resulting in CO2 emissions of around 3 million tonnes per year. It is, however, possible to reduce these emissions by around 25%.

Further and higher education (FHE) is a growing sector, with student numbers increasing by a factor of five over the past thirty years. This means that the energy consumption of colleges and universities is also growing. Establishments are under constant pressure to provide optimum learning facilities on a limited budget so it makes sense to look at the way energy is used in order to release much needed additional funds for curricular resources.

Implementing a few simple techniques can reduce energy consumption. It will also boost the environmental credentials of a college or university, which could influence the number and calibre of students attracted and retained.

See below for three areas to focus on for reducing energy in higher and further education organisations.

Heating: this can account for 60% of your total energy costs. Read our low cost housekeeping tips and advice for implementation of energy efficient equipment to find out how you could reduce your heating costs by up to a third.

Lighting: On average, 25% of an organisation's electricity costs come from lighting. Find out how you can cut these costs by up to a third while reducing your carbon footprint and improving the working environment for your staff. 

Energy management: get buy-in for energy saving across all levels of the organisation, from appointing an energy manager and monitoring energy use, to developing an action plan and training staff. 

Further guidance

Further & higher education sector overview (CTV020/CTV060)

Energy efficiency support

If you'd like to improve energy efficiency of your organisation, see our services to find out how we can help.  This includes financing and implementation support for organisations seeking to invest in energy efficient equipment.

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