Helping to keep carbon footprint low at Chichester University

THE University of Chichester has successfully applied for funding to help reduce its carbon footprint.

A bid for £500,000 was submitted to the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to fund energy-saving initiatives.

The university will use the money to fund installation of energy efficient LED lighting and lighting controls on the Bishop Otter Campus.

Peter Bassett, who will manage the LED lighting project, said, “I am delighted the university has been awarded this bid as it demonstrates our continued commitment to environmental sustainability.

“We are working hard to ensure that we will deliver best value in terms of energy savings, carbon reduction and user satisfaction.”

The university’s target is to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 43 per cent by 2020 and a university spokesman said this energy-saving project would have a ‘significant positive impact’ in working towards that target.

It is expected to save 412 tonnes of carbon dioxide per annum, a reduction of 13 per cent on 2011-12 emissions.

The fund is an interest-free loan to be paid back from savings on energy costs.

The HEFCE Revolving Green Fund invited universities to apply for a fund totalling £20m, with £10m set aside for small-scale projects up to a maximum of £500,000.