Salix has won a major sustainability "carbon reduction project of the year" award yesterday [28 October 2021] thanks to its decarbonisation and energy efficiency project with the University of Reading, spanning a range of carbon-reducing initiatives across its campuses, with a total cost of £3.3 million.
For the third year running, the 2021 Big Sustainability Awards celebrated what is being achieved in corporate sustainability, environmental management, and social value, at St. Mary’s Stadium, the home of premiership football club Southampton.
The aim of the work with the University of Reading, centred around upgrading the University with low carbon heating, which involved a major redesigning of its heating systems in key buildings across campuses to alter how heating is zoned. The grant awarded for funding this project is one of the first approved applications from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme. This scheme is funded by government and is a key part of the governments programme towards net zero.
This project has enabled Reading University to reduce its carbon emissions by an estimated 816 tonnes per year.
Kirsty Adamson, Senior Programme Manager, said: "This award is testament to the fantastic work we do here at Salix, we are thrilled with this award and even more pleased with the work of Reading University. I would like to wholeheartedly congratulate those who have made it this far and well, done to everyone involved.”
Dan Fernbank, Energy and Sustainability Director at the University said: “Sustainability is absolutely at the heart of our ambition to become one of the greenest universities in the world and we’re pleased to be recognised for how we’ve integrated these values throughout our campuses. It’s great to be recognised for our projects which we will continue to innovate in the most cost-effective way possible.”
More information on this project can be found within this case study Decarbonising the University of Reading’s Campus.
Pictured (l-r): Sonia Ettetuani – Senior Communications & PR Manager (Salix Finance) ; Joan Dayap – Programme Coordinator (Salix Finance); Martin McMahon – Lead Category Manager, Procurement (University of Reading); Dan Fernbank – Energy & Sustainability Director (University of Reading); Elan Parry-Lowther – Communications & PR Officer (Salix Finance); Elise Sharpe – Client Support Officer (Salix Finance)