Latest projects receive funding from HEFCE to reduce energy and carbon emissions

18 July 2013

In the third round of allocations from HEFCE’s Revolving Green Fund (RGF), 43 universities will receive funding to reduce their energy costs and carbon emissions. The funded projects are expected to save around 20,000 tonnes in CO2 emissions.

The University of Chester plans to turn a pumping station on the River Dee into a hydroelectric facility.

In this round, £21 million will be allocated over the academic years 2013-14 and 2014-15. The funding is provided as recoverable grants, with separate strands for small-scale energy efficiency programmes and for large projects. From 57 applications, 37 small-scale programmes and 10 large projects were selected for funding.

The large projects listed below will each receive between £0.5 million and £1 million.

Anglia Ruskin University Centralisation of distributed heating systems to district heating, plus combined heat and power (CHP) system
University of Birmingham CHP gas turbine replacement and upgrade
University of Chester Small-scale hydropower
Cranfield University Biomass boiler for existing district heating
University of Liverpool Complete fabric and services refurbishment of 1950s-60s building
London Metropolitan University 1960s building refurbishment: double glazing, LED lighting and estate rationalisation
University of Plymouth Integration of CHP and solar thermal power for district heating
University of Winchester 1960's building refurbishment: cladding, glazing, lighting upgrades,photovoltaic cells and zoning
University of the West of England Building refurbishment: increase in space, fabric measures, photovoltaic cells, heat pump, LED lighting
University of York Measures to improve existing district heating efficiency

The projected carbon reduction will contribute 2.5 per cent towards the higher education sector’s 2020 carbon reduction target. (Note 1)

The small scale programmes will each receive between £50,000 and £500,000. A report giving further details of round three of the fund, including details of the projects, is published on the HEFCE web-site. 


  1. The target for reductions in scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions for higher education institutions in England, set out in HEFCE 2010/01, are 43 per cent by 2020 and 83 per cent by 2050, against a 2005 baseline. The 2005 baseline for scope 1 and 2 emissions is 1.912 million tonnes (Note 2) and the 20,580 tonnes of CO2 expected to be saved annually by RGF3 projects will amount to 1 per cent of this baseline and contribute 2.5 per cent towards the 2020 target.
  2. The World Resources Institute classify scope 1 emissions as those occurring directly from sources that are owned or controlled by the organisation, for example emissions from boilers and vehicles; scope 2 relate to emissions from the generation of electricity purchased by the organisation; scope 3 covers all other emissions that occur as a consequence of the activities of an organisation but are from sources neither owned nor controlled, for example procurement and commuting.
  3. More information on the sector’s carbon baseline and targets.

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