The University of Surrey currently uses over 80 million kilowatt hours of energy per year. We are working to reduce this consumption while increasing the proportion generated by renewables. We are currently consulting on a new long-term target to ensure our ambitions are aligned with the United Nations (UN) target to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C.
Key to this is our metering system which covers more than 800 sub-meters across the University. Understanding ‘what we use and where we use it’ and promoting visibility of this energy use is a critical first step in embedding energy efficiency in the culture of the University.
We use data from these systems to prioritise energy intensive areas for action and investigate how better building management system control can improve heating, ventilation and air conditioning. We use tried and tested technologies such as LED lighting to cut electricity use while ensuring that our heating is effectively controlled based on internal and external air temperatures.
Half of the University’s Stag Hill campus is supplied from a district heating system and the University is currently consulting on how best to replace its ageing combined heat and power (CHP) unit. At a strategic level, the University will consider options for on-site generation, expanding the existing district heating networks and deploying heat generation technology which takes account of grid decarbonisation.
We support the integration of research projects for energy reduction on campus which helps to create a live ‘on-site’ demonstrators. This increases the impact and chance of research success.