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Low Carbon Campus feasibility study considers future of coal boiler

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Most staff and students at UC will be aware that a significant campus master planning process has been ILam boiler Oct 2015 (2)underway this year. This process offers a key opportunity to consider UC’s district heating scheme which is currently dependant on coal as a fuel for heating. A contract has been awarded to Aecom to conduct a feasibility study, which will review current campus facilities and present optimum low carbon energy scheme technical solutions, along with a range of potential ownership models of such a scheme. The feasibility study should be completed by the end of November 2015, and will be reviewed by a panel consisting of key university operations staff and academics. The findings will be used to inform two further stages which include design packages and energy audits, and these will take place in 2016.

This project is a significant commitment by UC to exploring alternatives to coal and reducing its carbon emissions. Combined with achieving and maintaining CEMARS certification UC is at the forefront of the tertiary education sector in becoming a low carbon campus.

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Author: Puck Algera - UC Sustainability Office

Puck worked at the Sustainability Office at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. As the Sustainability Projects Coordinator, she kept busy with student and staff engagement, providing strategic input and advice and organising sustainability-focused events.

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