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Durham University

Estates and Facilities Directorate

Energy Management

Durham University recognises that, as a major user of energy, it has an important role to play in helping to tackle climate change by significantly reducing its CO2 emissions. We are committed to responsible energy management and the highest standards in energy efficiency. It is in the University's best interest to reduce the amount of money it spends on energy, releasing funds for other purposes. At the same time, reducing energy consumption helps the University to reduce its environmental impact.

As a key element of the University's Environmental Sustainability Vision, Policy and Strategy and consistent with the University's wider objectives and the resources available, the Energy Management Policy aims to:

  • reduce fuel consumption through the introduction of energy-efficient measures;
  • increase awareness of energy issues and encourage all members of the University to help reduce energy consumption whenever they can;
  • ensure that the highest energy-efficient design standards are included in all new buildings;
  • wherever possible, obtain energy from sustainable sources.

Durham University Electricity Supply from Blyth Offshore Wind Farm

Since 1st October 2017, we have taken our electricity supply Clean and Green. Working with its energy partner, The Energy Consortium (TEC) and its supplier, EDF Energy, we have been able to specify the technology and source from where its power comes from. TEC certify that 100% of our supply from EDF is backed by clean, renewable generation and a copy of our certificate is also available. Our power is supplied from the Blyth Offshore wind farm off the North East coast. The turbines are located 5.7km off the coast of Blyth, Northumberland and can provide enough low carbon electricity to power 34,000 homes. Further details are available.