Low Carbon Technologies
Energy research has been carried out at Durham University for decades in areas like photovoltaics leading to the formation of the Durham Centre for Renewable Energy in 2000. The Durham Centre for Crop Improvement Technology, the Centre for Research into Earth Energy Systems and the Institute for Hazard and Risk Research soon followed and these groups were encompassed by the Durham Energy Institute from 2009 in order to further facilitate the ground breaking research being carried out.
Click here for more information on the Durham Energy Institute
We look at low or zero carbon technologies when we plan new buildings or major refurbishments. To see some examples where we have recently incorporated these technologies into the estate please click on the buildings below.
- The Palatine Centre
- St. Aidan's College
- Queen's Campus Sports Centre
- Wolfson Building
- New Business School
- Engineering Car Park
For further information on the Sustainability of Durham University Buildings please view this presentation.
Our Energy Supply
From 1st October 2017, Durham University has taken its electricity supply Clean and Green. Working with its energy partner, The Energy Consortium (TEC) and its supplier, EDF Energy, the University has been able to specify the technology and source from where its power comes from. The University's power will be supplied from the new 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 on the project are available.
Carbon Report 2016-17
The University has produced its first Carbon Report 2016/17 which provides high level performance-related information on the University's carbon emissions. The intention is to provide a clear, concise and accessible report drawn from our more detailed in-house carbon reporting mechanisms.
Durham Gateway Project – Environmental Credentials
Durham Gateway has consolidated student and professional services from various locations around the city into a new ‘eye-catching facility. It has successfully transformed the working lives of the staff and enhanced the student experience. Its sustainability credentials are now the benchmark for future developments within the University. Watch this short video to learn more.
We are currently working on a renewables strategy for our estate, in line with our Carbon Management Plan. This will enable us to take a holistic view of our estate in terms of applying renewable technologies.