Carbon Credentials are once again proud to be headline sponsor of the annual EAUC conference and in this blog series we explore some of the key topics that we’re looking forward to discussing during the conference.
In this blog, we look at how universities can succeed in achieving their carbon targets by using people, process and technology to optimise energy performance on the campus estate.
For the past 18 months Carbon Credentials has been successfully applying its Collaborative Asset Performance Programme (CAPP) in buildings across the UK. These programmes have demonstrated savings in the region of 10%-20% in already well managed buildings, indicating that there are still plenty of quick-win, low-cost projects to be tackled.
The graphic above shows that by extrapolating across the sector, the savings we’ve achieved from our programmes in 2016 could prevent emissions of 226,000 tonnes of carbon right now. This is equivalent to the annual emissions of five large institutions located close to Lancaster University, where this year’s annual conference is being hosted.
The Collaborative Asset Performance Programme
The CAPP brings together data capture and visualisation, engineering, project management, optimisation of technology and the engagement of people. It ensures that the benefits of reduced consumption, improved comfort levels and lower carbon emissions can be earned quickly by focussing on systems already up and running, and with little capital expense.
It involves the installation of a data acquisition device to access Building Management System and sub-metering data. This data is stored in our data analytics platform, and evaluated by our engineers, data specialists and engagement professionals to identify actions that will optimise your buildings.
For more information and plenty of case studies, please take a look at a recent webinar we did in partnership with the EAUC
Overcoming Barriers Through Data & Engagement
Institutions play a significant role in fostering innovation and are well placed to contribute towards national and international sustainability discussions. This programme offers a way of overcoming many of the challenges we hear time and again, such as financing projects, engaging staff and students and the support from institutional leaders.
Examples of key successes posted by a number of our clients speak for themselves. By using this as evidence to demonstrate to university leaders that significant benefits can be exploited, you can mobilise your institutions too.
Moving beyond energy management, in our next blog entry in the series we explore how can institutions best pursue the indirect Scope 3 management agenda to lead on delivering the Sustainable Development Goals across their supply chains.
The EAUC conference will be hosted this year on 28-30th March 2017 by the University of Lancaster.