Millions pledged to improve energy efficiency at Scottish universities

A £19 million programme aimed at boosting investment in energy efficiency across Scottish universities has been launched by The Scottish Funding Council (SFC), supported by Salix Finance.

SFC will allocate the funding over the next two financial year.  All universities in Scotland are invited to make use of the funding, which will serve to support ventures such as energy efficiency projects and improvements in student experience through more modernised estates.

A wide range of technologies will be supported within the programme, including fabric improvements within buildings, efficient heating upgrades and the reduction of carbon emissions in laboratories.

David Beards, senior policy officer at SFC, said, “This programme is aimed at helping Scottish universities with projects that lower their carbon footprint, as well as increasing their energy efficiency and enhancing students’ learning environment. It is a timely and significant opportunity for universities to take advantage of, following the First Minister’s recent declaration of a climate emergency, and we look forward to receiving innovative bids from the sector in partnership with Salix.”

Jennifer Roberts, programme manager for Scotland at Salix, added, “We are pleased to support the decarbonisation of Scottish universities in partnership with the SFC. It’s never been more important to engage with universities and students on the impact of climate change and to ensure we’re working in partnership to reduce our carbon footprint.”