21 September 2021

College carbon zero project gets underway

College carbon zero project gets underway

Building work on East Sussex College’s zero carbon project is set to commence this month after securing government funding. The College joins the likes of Sky with the aim of becoming carbon zero by 2030.

The College has secured a £3.9m Salix grant from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS) to deliver on a project worth £4.386m, which includes a match funding element of £477k.

Rebecca Conroy, Principal and CEO at ESC, says, "This project supports our decision to move towards achieving net zero carbon by 2030. We are passionate about reducing our impact on the environment and this project emphasises our commitment to understanding the carbon emissions we produce as a business. We will also be sharing some further exciting news in the next month about a new project to begin training the next generation of green construction, engineering and electric vehicle technicians in partnership with other colleges across Sussex, so this is just the start of our green revolution."

Proposals include a range of building and asset-specific opportunities to decrease energy consumption and heat loads, increase on-site renewable generation and improve carbon performance across the estate.

The project includes LED lighting to all sites, solar PV, new ground source heat pumps (GSHP) and air source heat pumps (ASHP) installations and integration of new digital heating controls to support the future monitoring of site consumption.

The grant will be split across our Hastings, Eastbourne and Lewes campuses. Hastings will receive £1.75m in funding which will go towards GSHP, ASHP, LED lighting replacements, Chillers and Building and Energy Management System (BEMS).

Changes to the Eastbourne campus will include new windows and roof insulation to the ECAT building, GSHP, Solar PV, LED lighting and BEMS, costing £1.3m. Meanwhile, the Lewes site will have £1.3m in funding which will go towards GSHP, Solar PV, LED lighting and BEMS.

Along with offsetting emissions, the College has estimated annual savings of around £350k per annum in energy costs from these works after these adaptations are completed in March 2022.

The College reiterated its commitment to becoming carbon neutral recently by signing up to the Mvula Carbon Capture Project. To read more about the Mvula Carbon Capture Project click here.