|16 August 2016|

England

A pioneering English university is strengthening its green credentials by choosing to get 100% of its electricity supply from renewable sources.

The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) is a leader when it comes to adopting sustainable business practices and won the 2016 Go Green award for ‘Most Improved’ organisation in the ‘Energy and Efficiency’ category.

And this latest move will see it opt for a 100% green electricity tariff with EDF from October 2016 under a new framework from The Energy Consortia (TEC).

UWE Bristol spends circa £3m a year on electricity and for an uplift of less than 0.3% has chosen to secure 100% of its electricity supply from renewable sources, verified by the REGO (Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin) certificates.

Energy Manager for UWE Bristol, Fabia Jeddere-Fisher said: “This switch will move us into the top quartile of universities making this commitment to purchasing renewable energy. We are currently somewhere in the middle of the Association of University Directors of Estates (AUDE) Green Scorecard for this measure, but this commitment will see us leap up the ratings.”

“We believe that UWE Bristol is setting a great example. The more large businesses and institutions that opt to buy into this way of consuming energy, the more we can collectively encourage the industry to deliver more renewable energy options.

“Every project that we develop at UWE Bristol considers the sustainability features that we can introduce to reduce our carbon footprint.”