22 February 2016

University and City Council to consider shared heat networks

PV Panels The University has partnered with Oxford City Council to investigate the potential for heat networks within the city. This work is only at feasibility stage but there could be the potential to connect buildings to enable sharing of heat and hot water. This is a methodology which has been tried and tested in several UK cities such as Sheffield and Southampton and can lead to a substantial reduction in carbon emissions.  

The University signed up to a 33% reduction in carbon emissions in 2011 and has been working hard to achieve this ever since. Over £3m has been spent on carbon reduction projects across the University estate, ranging from the installation of photo voltaic solar panels to the adjusting of building management systems to reduce wasted heating or cooling. Results of this investment have realised savings of over £1million to date.