SSE to provide decarbonisation advice to UK universities

Energy professionals aim to provide a better understanding of how to achieve net zero goals within enforced timeframes

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SSE Energy Solutions has teamed up with the Association of University Directors of Estates (AUDE) to inform universities on the best practices to decarbonise and become green.

Energy professionals from SSE aim to provide a better understanding of how to achieve net zero goals within enforced timeframes and what considerations are necessary to achieve them.

The materials for the training, developed by SSE in collaboration with AUDE, demonstrate a “whole system approach”, including aspects from policy, procurement, contracting, investment, solutions development and examples from academia and industry.

Under the partnership, the energy professionals have provided certified Continuing Professional Development (CDP) training across campuses in the UK, with participating universities including Bath, Birmingham, Sheffield, Cardiff, Dublin and Edinburgh.

Participants received CPD points from AUDE, which acted as the authorising body that certifies the training.

Avi Baidya, Head of Universities & Higher Education Client Development at SSE Energy Solutions said: “Decarbonising estates is a priority for universities across the country, not just so they can meet their own net zero goals but because more students are factoring in where a university falls on the green league tables when choosing where to go.

“It’s vital for Directors of these estates to have reliable information on decarbonisation, which is why our CPD training has no commercial obligations attached to it; it’s an entirely educational proposition. There are many challenges to creating greener, more sustainable university campuses and through this engagement with AUDE members, we can help prepare key decision-makers to overcome them successfully.”

SSE recently also partnered with the University of Surrey to help remove around 5,000 tonnes of carbon per year from its total annual emissions, in addition to increasing onsite renewable energy generation.