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Queen Mary invests in energy saving project to lower carbon footprint

Queen Mary University of London is investing in a significant carbon emissions reduction project which will cut energy use at its Whitechapel campus by 25 per cent and enhance the work and study environment for staff and students.  

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Queen Mary University of London's Whitechapel campus. Credit: Queen Mary
Queen Mary University of London's Whitechapel campus. Credit: Queen Mary

The changes are expected to lower energy bills by £500,000 per year as the University moves towards smart campuses with greater energy efficiency. This will also lead to an overall reduction of energy use of eight per cent across the entire University. 

The Whitechapel campus is the home of Queen Mary’s School of Medicine and Dentistry where state-of-the-art laboratories and teaching facilities enable academics to train new generations of medical professionals and carry out world-leading research into cancer, the effects of air pollution and Covid-19 

Around the clock smart monitoring will be installed which will allow for energy use across the campus to be remotely monitored and assessed. This will provide live energy reporting and alerts enabling the University to manage a situation live and diagnose issues instantly which will reduce maintenance spends. 

New integrated LED lighting systems will also be introduced as part of the project, which will dramatically increase energy efficiency and ensure lighting levels are more natural for staff and students.  

A more sustainable University

Garry Pritchard, Facilities Operations Director at Queen Mary University of London, said: “This work reflects Queen Mary’s continual investment and drive to create smart campuses and lower our carbon footprint. Creating a more sustainable University is hugely important to us and through this project we will make tangible savings and better environments for everyone who works and studies across our Whitechapel campus.” 

The work is funded by Salix Finance which provides government funding to the public sector to improve energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions and lower energy bills. 

It will be completed over ten months and carried out by energy performance specialists Carbon Numbers and is the third phase of works delivered with Carbon Numbers to create smart campuses at Queen Mary.

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For media information, contact:

Rupert Marquand
Media Relations Manager
email: r.marquand@qmul.ac.uk