Combined Heat and Power (District Energy Scheme)
The University has joined the Leicester District Energy Scheme that provides low carbon heating and power across the City of Leicester. The scheme is operated and managed by Cofely District Energy, on behalf of Leicester City Council.
Dr Emma Fieldhouse, Environmental Manager explained: “We have maintained a close relationship with Leicester City Council for nearly 10 years, exploring opportunities to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions.
“We had considered installing our own Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant but joining the city-wide scheme is considerably more cost effective, freeing up funds for teaching, learning and research. It also provides us with a larger electrical and heating capacity than if we had installed our own plant, making a greater contribution to minimising our carbon footprint,” she added.
The University of Leicester has set itself a challenging target to achieve a 60% reduction in its carbon footprint by 2020, compared to 2004/2005 figures. This is driven by requirements in the UK's Climate Change Act (2008). The use of CHP-generated heating is expected to contribute 12-15% towards this target.
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