How to reach net zero carbon?
The projects we are running will enable us reduce emission, increase renewable energy use and production, plus provide insight that enables us to efficiently drive real climate action and change in the future.
Our plan includes three major phases:
This is the first major step towards the reduction of energy consumption on campus through the installation of LED lighting in all buildings and upgrades to all building management system controllers.
This will reduce our carbon emissions by 10%.
We will focus on bringing in technology that will directly decarbonise a large portion of UEL's energy consumption through the installation of solar photovoltaics (PV), heat pumps and the installation of electric vehicle (EV) charging.
The introduction of approximately 2MW of solar PV, which will provide over 1.2 GWh of zero carbon, zero cost electricity every year. 90% of this energy will be consumed across our campuses, with the remainder stored or exported to the national grid.
The Living Lab will be for teaching and will use the built environment to provide real-life, real-time data, for example, using the data from one of our buildings to calculate energy flow as part of a civil engineering project.
It will also be for research, incorporating a scalable data management platform, allowing researchers to collect and integrate multiple types of data, including small data, campus data and external data. All this data will be stored on the Mindsphere platform, which will be the property of UEL and accessible to any of its researchers or partners anywhere in the world.
The data will provide an evidence base so that the University can make informed decisions about new technology, maximising operational efficiency, minimising cost and laying the path to net zero carbon by 2030.