Queen Margaret University

Queen Margaret University

Key information


Scottish Funding Council schemes

Technologies used:

Energy efficient hand dryers, LED lighting, Lighting control system centralised



Client type:

Higher education institution

Estimated savings


Annual financial savings


Total loan value


Annual carbon savings tCO2e*

Working with Salix

Project Overview 

With its sights set on reducing its carbon footprint, Queen Margaret University introduced three projects to its campus: hand dryer replacements, LED lighting upgrades and lighting control modifications. These works address a key area of its efforts to reduce electrical consumption, which is part of its Climate Change Action Plan 2017-2021.

By accessing the Scottish Funding Council’s Universities Carbon Reduction Fund (UCRF), the university could divert money to other urgent maintenance works across campus whilst generating energy and carbon savings.

Salix Finance have produced many technology-specific tools that support clients in calculating energy savings in Scotland. Through inputting basic equipment and usage information, the hand dryer tool enabled Queen Margaret University to confidently predict its energy savings for this project.

Following this, the 10-year-old light fittings were upgraded to LED. The alterations to the lighting controls allowed for sensor control during the night reducing the lights' operating hours. 

The measures were part of the university’s long-term maintenance programme. In each case the design was modified to allow for optimal performance, maximising reduction in energy use resulting in financial and carbon savings. 


September 2022

*tonnes of Carbon Dioxide, calculated using Green Book emissions factors for electricity published by the government.

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