Salix Finance shortlisted for Heat and Efficiency Award with The Bedford College Group

Submitted by georgie.murray on Tue, 12/04/2022 - 15:26

We are pleased to announce Salix Finance has been shortlisted with The Bedford College Group for the Association for Decentralised Energy’s Heat and Efficiency Award for Design and Innovation 2022.

The Association for Decentralised Energy's annual awards are for those involved in decentralised energy work, recognising and celebrating the people and projects which have developed innovative decentralised energy solutions designed around the needs of the user.

As part of efforts to significantly reduce carbon emissions, The Bedford College Group has utilised a £2.8 million grant from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS), which was delivered by Salix and funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). This allowed the college to implement major infrastructure changes across a number of campuses throughout 2021, in support of its goal to reach net zero emissions by 2050.

The college, which includes several sites across Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire, is expecting to save over 350 tonnes of carbon and £88,000 annually through their ambitious heat decarbonisation plan. 

The PSDS grant allowed for the installation of a water source heat pump at the college’s Brundtland Building, which is licensed to take water from the Ouse River. This upgrade works as a heating system; as well as enabling the college to replace gas boilers and decarbonise the heating of the building. The Brundtland building is now carbon negative following the upgrades.

Ian Pryce CBE, CEO of The Bedford College Group said “It is important that educators show leadership when it comes to sustainability. We have tried to invest in making our buildings more energy efficient and the Salix grants have helped us accelerate those improvements in line with the wishes of our students and our communities. I am delighted the estates team has been recognised in these awards”

The college’s plan to reduce its carbon emissions across its infrastructures also involves controlling heating through Genius Controls which operate similarly to movement sensors. This technology detects when there is movement in the room and sends a signal to generate heating and manages the levels when the room is vacant.

Justin Morris, Programme Coordinator for Salix’s Colleges and Universities team, said “Bedford College really capitalised on the PSDS by implementing an innovative and holistic approach to decarbonise their estates, particularly through installing Water Source Heat Pumps via the River Ouse. This could not have been made possible without Pat or Dave from Bedford College who have been ecstatic about the project from the onset and are clearly an inspiration to the college. It's been a pleasure!"

You can read more on this project in The Bedford College Group case study here.

We look forward to joining the other finalists on 15 June 2022 at London’s Hurlingham Club for an evening celebrating innovative heat and efficiency energy projects from across Europe. 


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