Aston University awarded over £2 million to reduce carbon emissions

The grant funding is expected to save the equivalent of around 430 tonnes of carbon dioxide

Aston University has secured a £2.2m government grant to reduce its carbon footprint.

The funding has been awarded by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)’s Phase 2 Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS), which is managed on behalf of the government by non-departmental public body Salix Finance.

The scheme seeks to support the public sector in creating “exemplar projects in communities that pave the way to help the country meet its carbon budgets and net zero commitments”.

“One of the greatest challenges today in meeting the UK’s 2050 net zero target is decarbonising the way buildings are heated,” said Andrew Bryers, sustainability manager at Aston University.

“In fact, most of the buildings in the public sector still rely on fossil fuel-based heating and as these heating systems approach the end of their working lives it is an ideal opportunity to transition to low carbon heating.

“The projects that we are investing in at Aston University are expected to save in the region of 2.2 million kWh annually, which will save around 430 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent.”

Aston University will invest the £2.2m in carbon reduction projects including:

  • Low-carbon alternative technologies to replace gas boilers in its main building and Aston Business School
  • LED technology to replace lights in the Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI) building, the university library and sports centre
  • Solar PV systems on Woodcock Sports Centre
  • Expansion of the PV system on the students’ union building
  • Smarter controls on ventilation systems
  • ‘Free cooling’ systems in two IT data centres


All English funding has now been allocated for Phases 1 and 2 of the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS), but there is still funding available for Scotland and Wales.

Photo by Edward Moss

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