According to edie, London Metropolitan University has been named as England’s number one university for carbon reduction, after using a new LED light installation as part of a wider scheme that has seen carbon emissions slashed by 47%.
The lighting upgrade at the Holloway Road campus in Islington was the largest element of a wider sustainability scheme which included the installation of solar photovoltaics, energy efficient fans and air conditioning controls. This holistic approach has put the university on track to achieve a 2020 carbon reduction target of 50%.
The lighting programme, undertaken by sustainability product suppliers Minimise Energy, saw outdated T8 lamps and panels replaced with LED upgrades throughout the Victorian blocks which make up the Holloway Road Campus. Through the LEDs alone, the campus has reduced energy bills by £55,000 a year and cut annual carbon emissions by 225 tonnes.
London Metropolitan University sustainability manager Rachel Ward said: “The programme was developed to help the university meet the targets set out in its carbon management plan, enhance the student experience, and reduce energy costs.”
“The lighting alone is saving us around £55,000 per annum on electricity costs and has reduced our carbon footprint by 225 tonnes of carbon. The lighting has also made an improvement to the feel of the university, making it a bright and welcoming space for students.”
With the campus compromising of classrooms, offices and lecture theatres more than 100 years old, the ongoing refurbishment programme will see the University instigate further upgrades in 2017 as part of a wider plan to consolidate its three campuses into one.
Source: edie newsroom 24/05/2016