Students Staff

26 September 2019

Switching to 100% renewable electricity

Filed under: Latest news — ckeitch @ 11:41 am
Daisy Malt

Daisy Malt

Daisy Malt, our Sustainability Engagement Officer, tells us more about the work we’re doing to reduce our impact on the environment and our new contract with Haven Power for 100% renewable electricity.

As an institution, we’re working hard to reduce our impact on the environment. We’re very pleased to announce that our Sustainability and Procurement teams, alongside our energy broker, have secured a three-year contract for 100% renewable electricity, which begins on 1 October. The contract covers all of our campuses – Colchester, Southend and Loughton.

We’re working with Haven Power, which generates electricity predominantly through biomass. The company specialise in the production of electricity through the combustion of very fine wood pellets, which creates steam that in turn drives a turbine generator. The process produces around 86% less carbon emissions than burning coal, and puts to use some of the waste created in the timber industry.

We currently generate approximately 2.5% of our own electricity on-site through solar panels, and projects are under way to install more. While we are still relying on the grid, this shift to ‘green’ energy means we are supporting the renewable energy industry and this is an important step in our mission to lower our carbon footprint.

If you would like to know more about our carbon reduction work, please contact the Sustainability team.

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