Derby's Light Touch Gets 'Green' Grant

1 February 2012

Lit tower staircase

Lighting at the University, seen here supporting a British Heart Foundation appeal by going red for the month, should be more energy efficient in future thanks to the Revolving Green Fund grant.

We are committed to reducing our carbon emissions and this project will go a long way towards helping us to achieve this.

Lynn Richards, Environmental Manager for the University of Derby.

A project to significantly reduce electricity consumption associated with lighting the University of Derby has received £1 million from a national universities' 'green fund'.

Derby's project involves replacing fluorescent lamps inside and outside its buildings at its Kedleston Road site in Derby with Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs), and installing different types of controls to ensure that lights are only illuminated when needed. The aim of this is to significantly reduce electricity consumption through lighting.

Derby's is one of four major university projects and 24 smaller scale ones to be awarded a grant from the Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCE) Revolving Green Fund (RGF). Launched in 2008, this Fund 'revolves' in the sense that money saved through institutions' greater energy efficiency is re-paid, to be made available for other carbon reduction projects.

The current 28 awards are worth £11m.

As with previous ones the current projects are designed to scale back energy use, thereby reducing the associated carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions produced, which are linked to global warming and climate change.

It is predicted that this latest round of projects, funded through the Revolving Green Fund, will collectively reduce CO2 emissions by an estimated 19,500 tonnes per year.

Lynn Richards, Environmental Manager for the University of Derby, said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for us. We are committed to reducing our carbon emissions and this project will go a long way towards helping us to achieve this."

Steve Egan, Deputy Chief Executive of HEFCE, added: "Improving energy efficiency in the higher education sector is not all about new-build programmes. These four retrofit projects will demonstrate the significant gains to be made by improving the efficiency of existing buildings and equipment."

Further information and a full list of projects funded is available at website www.hefce.ac.uk/lgm/sustain/rgf/

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