Universities win £11m to cut carbon emissions

A string of English universities won a total of £11million to cut carbon from the Revolving Green Fund (RGF). The funding is meant to help projects at 27 universities reduce […]

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By Vicky Ellis

A string of English universities won a total of £11million to cut carbon from the Revolving Green Fund (RGF). The funding is meant to help projects at 27 universities reduce CO2 emission by around 229,000 tonnes per year.

The RGF scheme “recycles” money saved by the energy efficiency measures in past projects. Run by HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England), the cash will go to four major projects and 24 smaller-scale programmes.

One of the larger projects at the University of Bradford will transform the library from an energy-intensive ‘E’ rated building to an ‘A’ rating.

David Willetts, Universities and Science Minister said: “Universities are significant energy users so it is important that they should reduce their carbon footprint where possible. These projects will deliver significant environmental benefits, but they will also improve the operational efficiency of the institutions.”