Energy and Water

Solar panels on campus

The University of Strathclyde is committed to the responsible management of energy and water resources

Utility Management Policy

Estates Services have adopted a Utility Management Policy which provides clear guidance on the management of natural gas, electricity and water in our buildings. The aim of the Utility Management Policy is to communicate to all stakeholders our operational objectives and strategic approach to the responsible and efficient use of water, natural gas, and electricity.

Improving energy and water efficiency, and mitigating against global green house gas emissions, are key strategic objectives of Estates Services.

Renewable Energy

The University conducts world-leading research and consultancy into renewable energy development and deployment.  You can find information on our research and consultancy activity on our Engineering faculty webpages:

Engineering

Energy Systems Research Unit 

The University also purchases the majority of it's grid electricity through renewable energy contracts.  These are certified under the Renewables Energy Guarantees Origin Scheme.

Purchased Renewable Electricity 2019-2020

Purchased Renewable Electricity 2018-2019

Energy Projects

The University has invested millions in Energy efficiency and energy generation over the past decade.  Below are some recent examples of the University's investment towards net zero carbon emissions.

The University's £16M Combined Heat and Power (CHP) District Energy Scheme went live in 2018 and continues to deliver financial and carbon savings to the university.  The project has transformed the way the University generates and uses it's energy.  The Project is designed to act as a catalyst for further low carbon district heating to be installed around Glasgow City Centre.  Further work is underway to make this a reality with the Climate Neutral Innovation Ditsrict.

University Energy Centre

The University started generating it's own renewable electricity in 2015 through solar panels on the TIC building.  Since 2015 the University has installed solar panels on all of it's new build properties. The University was successful in securing £850,000 of financial transactions funding from the Scottish Funding Council in 2019.  This funding was allocated to 0.5MW of installed solar power at the University's John Anderson campus in the city centre.  The Duncan Wing roof was selected as one of the sites to be retrofitted with solar panels and the installation was completed in July 2021.

solar panels on Duncan Wing roof

The University started generating it's own renewable electricity in 2015 through solar panels on the TIC building.  Since 2015 the University has installed solar panels on all of it's new build properties. The University was successful in securing £850,000 of financial transactions funding from the Scottish Funding Council in 2019.  This funding was allocated to 0.5MW of installed solar power at the University's John Anderson campus in the city centre.  The James Weir roof was selected as one of the sites to be retrofitted with solar panels and the installation was completed in July 2021.