University of East Anglia commits £1m to going green

The University of East Anglia (UEA) has committed £1 million to lowering carbon dioxide emissions by a quarter before 2020. It has appointed energy firm Vital Energi to upgrade and […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

The University of East Anglia (UEA) has committed £1 million to lowering carbon dioxide emissions by a quarter before 2020.

It has appointed energy firm Vital Energi to upgrade and optimise ventilation, lighting, energy and water systems across its campus.

These improvements are guaranteed through an Energy Performance Contract (EPC) between the University and Vital Energi, with a contract signed for one year of work.

This will deal with UEA’s most energy intensive buildings and then may be extended for a further four years to cover the rest of the university’s estate.

In the future upgrades could potentially include the installation of smart infrastructure such as electric vehicle charging points and battery storage solutions.

Phil Hunt, Head of Sustainability, Utilities and Engineering at UEA said: “In order to accomplish this, we must put the right measures in place now to make it happen.

“Working with an expert in the field like Vital Energi means we’re one step closer to achieving our target for a truly resilient low carbon campus.”