Carbon projects

Students sitting by lake on Jubilee Campus

The University spends over £10 million per year on energy and water and is committed to reducing its energy consumption and carbon footprint. Below are some of the projects we've undertaken to do this. If you have any ideas for 'Invest to Save' projects that would offer financial and carbon savings please let us know.

Energy efficiency

Projects to improve energy efficiency implemented in 2013/14 include:

  • Single-glazed windows replaced in Coates Building and L3 
  • Flat roof insulation on L3, Cripps Health Centre and parts of the Medical School
  • Thermal insulation of pipework upgraded in various plant rooms and roof spaces
  • Existing street lighting on University Park upgraded to LED lighting
  • Variable volume extract system installed to 16 fume cupboards in Chemistry
  • Extensive work in the Medical School to reduce uncontrolled winter ventilation losses from service voids and fit more efficient steam control valves
  • Boilers replaced with high efficiency heating boiler in Nightingale Hall and Ancaster Hall
  • High efficiency chilled water unit installed to provide cooling for part of the Medical School
  • Various heating pumps replaced and variable speed drives fitted to existing pumps to achieve  optimum operating condition
  • Additional space temperature sensors installed to improve heating control in 8 buildings, including the Medical School

Renewable technologies

Our portfolio of renewable energy installations on campus includes: 

  • Solar electricity School of Veterinary Medicine and Science building, Derby Hall, Environmental Education Centre, Lincoln Hall, Aerospace Technology Centre, Business School North and Dearing Building
  • Solar water heating – in Sherwood Hall and Si Yuan Centre
  • Air source heat pumps (extracting heat from the air to heat buildings) – Highfield House and Institute of Mental Health
  • Ground source heat pumps (extracting heat from the ground to heat buildings) – Aerospace Technology Centre, Engineering Science Learning Centre, Humanities, Mathematics and Si Yuan Centre
  • Lake source heat pumps (extracting heat from Jubilee campus lake to heat buildings) – Amenities Building, Sir Colin Campbell Building and YANG Fujia Building 
  • Wood pellet-fired boilers – in Bioenergy Building and Nottingham Geospatial Building


Intelligent systems

An essential part of our energy management is our Building Management System (BMS). One of the largest in the higher education sector, it uses a series of 900 microcomputers to communicate with over 15,000 points within our buildings to monitor and control heating and ventilation systems. The BMS is programmed to provide a comfortable environment for occupants whilst maximising our energy efficiency by using features such as:

  • scheduling – setting timers so that heating is only on when it is needed 
  • weather compensation – heating and ventilation is automatically adjusted as the outside temperature varies
  • optimum start functions – the system calculates and uses variable start times to ensure building temperatures are comfortable for occupants on arrival, to minimise 'warming-up' time

Buying our energy at the right price

Traditionally energy contracts are awarded for one or two years with set prices throughout that period. However, to maximise value for money, the University purchases both gas and electricity supplies at month-ahead prices. This is now viewed as best practice procurement for innovative businesses.    



Sustainability Team

Estate Office, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD