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UK universities set to miss targets for reducing carbon emissions

Universities in Britain are falling behind significantly on forecast carbon emissions reductions, according to a new report from sustainability consultancy Brite Green.

In 2008, the Higher Education Funding Council (HEFC) predicted that carbon emissions would drop by 43 per cent by 2020 as part of the Government’s Climate Change Act. Despite £90 million in grants being supplied to help universities reach the target, the new report reveals that an average reduction of just 12 per cent will be achieved by this time.

While it has been claimed that the report does not account for the recent increase in student numbers, critics say that universities’ pursuit of commercial growth restricts their capacity for reducing emissions.

Universities can make substantial emissions savings by improving HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning) systems in lecture halls, social buildings and student accommodation. Installing modern, more energy-efficient equipment reduces electricity consumption while minimising wear on machinery. This in turn helps facilities managers to cut maintenance expenditure.

Meanwhile, combining HVAC systems with variable-speed drives means university FMs can optimise heating and cooling control while keeping energy costs to a minimum.

Gibbons HVAC Services have extensive experience working in the education sector, having completed projects in schools, colleges and universities across the UK. We provide a complete package of sales, installation, repair and servicing, so if you’d like to discuss improving the efficiency of your HVAC system, please call Andrew Knight on 07850 204915 or email

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