Lancaster University to receive £21million to decarbonise campus

Lancaster University is at the forefront of a government-led decarbonisation scheme

Lancaster University is receiving money from government green energy fund to help fully decarbonise its buildings as part of the ultimate goal to drive the country to net zero by 2050.

BBC News detailed that as part of this movement, Lancaster University campus will obtain electricity from a new solar farm and hot water from heat pumps.

The university’s decarbonisation scheme is one of five projects to receive a share of £65m from the government’s Green Heat Network Fund which is an aspect of the government’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions.

This push to decarbonise is targeting the nation’s housing stock by moving buildings away from fossil fuels, such as oil and gas, to a more efficient energy source that not only aids in keeping bills low, but supports the goal to be net zero by 2050.

Professor Simon Guy said in a statement to the BBC that the university “aims to be among the best in the world for offering students and staff a sustainable and carbon-neutral campus in which to work and study”.

This determination to achieve a carbon neutral campus is echoed by words from Lord Callahan, minister for energy efficiency and green finance, who said: “I hope other universities can follow Lancaster’s lead by using renewable energy from solar and wind to power this impressive heat network, allowing them to decarbonise their campus.”.

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