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University wins national award for its 21st Century energy-saving heat and power system

Published: 2 April 2007

The University of Southampton has won a prestigious Green Gown Award for Energy and Efficiency for its innovative and highly efficient combined heat and power (CHP) system.

The £3 million system, which reduces the University's carbon emissions by over 2000 tonnes of CO2 a year, was formally opened last year by Minister of State for Climate and the Environment, Ian Pearson MP.

The Green Gown Awards, which are made by the Higher Education Environmental Performance Improvement project (HEEPI), recognise innovative sustainable actions by universities and colleges across the UK.

The University of Southampton's award-winning system is powered by two combined heat and power (CHP) generators, each producing 1400kW of electricity and 1600kW of heat. The generators feed into the University's high voltage electricity system and district heating system, both of which serve its Highfield campus.

The system reduces the Highfield campus carbon emissions by over 20 per cent a year, and this is set to increase to 23 per cent when more buildings are connected. In the past year alone, the system has provided a net saving of £32k on heating and power costs.

Mark Turner, Energy and Design Engineer at the University, said: "We are delighted that the system has been recognised with a Green Gown Award. The success of this system shows that if large organisations can find the funds to invest in state-of-the-art sustainable energy systems, they can make a huge difference to their carbon emissions as well as saving money in the long term."

Notes for editors

The Green Gown Awards are supported by AUDE, BRE, BUFDG, EAUC, The Energy Consortium (Education), Guild HE, HEFCE, The Higher Education Academy, LSC and Universities UK.
For more information on the Green Gown Awards and a list of the Winners and Highly Commended visit www.heepi.org.uk

About HEEPI
The Higher Education Environmental Performance Improvement project is funded by HEFCE. Its aims are to develop better data on the topic to facilitate benchmarking, and to use this data to inform workshops, guidance documents and other activities. HEEPI is based at the University of Bradford, and has representatives of the main sector organisations such as the Association of University Directors of Estates (AUDE) and the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) on its management board.

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