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English universities to save £210 million with energy-efficiency scheme

Universities across England are expected to make energy-efficiency savings worth £210 million thanks to the Revolving Green Fund (RGF), a scheme that provides repayable grants to higher education institutions (HEIs), according to Energy Live News.

Since launching in 2008, the RGF has provided over £90 million of recoverable grants to HEIs in order to help them significantly reduce their energy consumption and save money while lowering annual carbon emissions by around 82,000 tonnes.

Salix, a government-funded organisation that provided investment for the programme, claims that 2,600 projects have helped universities save over £50 million in energy costs to date.

University buildings such as lecture theatres, laboratories and accommodation blocks are heavily reliant on HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning) systems for the comfort of students and staff, and therefore have great potential for the implementation of energy-efficiency improvements.

Schemes such as the RGF allow HEIs to upgrade their HVAC equipment to more energy-efficient systems, including the addition of variable-speed drives (VSDs). VSDs enable precision control of HVAC systems, meaning energy wastage is all but eliminated while building occupants can study and live in more comfortable surroundings.

VSDs can reduce energy consumption in electric motor-driven processes by as much as 60 per cent, with a return on investment possible within 12 months in many cases.

Gibbons HVAC Services have many years’ experience operating within the education sector, having delivered projects for schools, colleges and universities throughout the UK. Along with sales and installation, we provide repair and servicing along with expert technical support. Our vast HVAC knowledge, combined with our position as an Authorized Value Provider for ABB drives, means we’re the go-to engineer when it comes to improving an inefficient air handling system.

To discuss the energy efficiency of your HVAC system, call Andrew Knight on 07850 204915 or email

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