University Announces 1M Pound Energy Efficiency Upgrade

THE University of Reading has announced a £1 million upgrade to its science labs to improve energy efficiency and cut the environmental impact of its scientific teaching and research.

The investment will help the University cut its carbon emissions by more than 750 tonnes of carbon dioxide every year - enough to fill more than 150 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

The improvement will be another major step towards the University reaching it pledge to cut its carbon emissions by 35% by July 2016. The cash comes via a £500,000 grant from the Higher Education Funding Council for England, match-funded directly from the University.

The money will be spent on a programme of energy efficiency upgrades to science lab fume cupboards across the University. This builds on an award-winning pilot project in 2014 to upgrade fume cupboard ventilation in Chemistry labs, which saved £90,000 in its first year alone.

The University expects the improvements to cut its annual energy bill by up to £260,000.

Reading's carbon reduction target aims to cut emissions by 35% compared to the 2008/09 year. So far, emissions have already been cut by 23%, saving the University £7.4 million in energy costs.

Monday 16th February 2015

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