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Energy Management

18 Oct 2023
Sustainability Stage

Energy & Facilities management
Dan Baker & Chris McGunnigle, Schools Commercial Team, Department for Education

This presentation will provide an overview of the support currently available to schools to manage their energy and facilities efficiently and effectively. We will talk about the measures schools can put in place and details of the guidance and support they can access from Department for Education.

Offsetting pilot project – how the industry is collaborating to help local schools achieve net zero carbon
Peter Hazzard, Associate Director & Alan Fogarty, Partner, Cundall

One year since we first set ourselves the challenge of helping existing schools get to net zero carbon, Cundall’s Offsetting Pilot Project has helped three UK schools to understand their energy usage and start addressing how they can reduce it. The pilot project has now attracted the attention of other industry partners, with Gleeds and Bowmer + Kirkland recently signing on as project partners. Together we are looking to expand the operation, share lessons learnt and create advice for all schools and colleges nationwide. Ultimately, we are on our way to creating a programme that provides social value and enables the construction industry to offset their emissions locally.

Optimising and Decarbonising University Heat Networks
Chris Davis, UK Sales Manager, Hysopt

This presentation focuses on the importance of making campus heat networks "low carbon heat ready" and, discusses how digital technology and the Heat Network Efficiency Scheme can provide solutions for this. With universities committing to challenging carbon reduction targets, decarbonisation of heat has become a critical task for
the sector.

In 2022, universities spent £379m on energy. However, the severe spike in global energy costs has led to many expecting their energy expenditure to double when they exit existing forward purchase agreements. Meanwhile, decarbonising heat requires significant reduction in gas consumption and investment in low-carbon heat sources.

However university estates' carbon emissions studies reveal that 50% of their emissions are still from natural gas. Although many universities have started their transition to net zero, there is still confusion and nervousness around what to do with high-carbon assets such as CHP and the ability of low-carbon heat technologies to adequately and cost-effectively heat older buildings.

Heat networks are essential for the UK's transition to net-zero emissions by 2050. But recent work by BEIS has indicated that many existing heat networks operate inefficiently, leading to higher than expected energy costs, unnecessarily high carbon emissions, and generally poor thermal comfort levels in buildings.

The newly formed Department for Energy Security and Net Zero hopes to address the performance issues of existing heat networks (including the buildings connected to them) through the new Heat Network Efficiency Scheme, which opened in February 2023.

We will explain how the University of York was able to adopt an approach to optimising its heat network with the help of innovative HVAC optimisation solutions to reduce gas consumption by over 10 million kWh per year, resulting in annual energy cost reductions of £285,000. We'll explain how Universities can follow a similar path by taking advantage of funding under HNES.


Sean Bradley, Managing Director - London & South East - Morgan Sindall
Dan Baker, Category Lead - Schools Commercial Team - Department for Education
Chris McGunnigle, Commercial Lead - Schools Commercial Team
Peter Hazzard, Partner - Cundall
Alan Fogarty, Partner - Cundall
Chris Davis, Head of Sales & Marketing (UK) - HYSOPT



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