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News: Nottingham College goes green with £2.6million funding for decarbonisation roll out

Highfields campus garden area
Highfields campus garden area

Nottingham College has been awarded a significant grant of over £2.6million, in a successful bid to fund decarbonisation and energy efficiency initiatives across its estate over the next two years. 

The funding is from the Phase 3c of the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero’s Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which is run by Salix. £2m will fund decarbonising work within the Adams Building in the Lace Market, and £660k is allocated towards Highfields, part of Nottingham Science Park.

The college will use this funding to make important upgrades to the two campuses’ heating, ventilation systems and lighting, as well as to replace boilers, improve insulation and introduce other new measures to reduce water usage and reliance on other consumables. 

Nottingham College has pledged to become carbon neutral by 2030 as part of its Zero’ campaign, with this £2.6m project just one of the many initiatives designed to hit this target. 

Work will commence on the Adams project in autumn 2024 and take two years to complete the planned improvements, whilst the Highfields project works will begin in 2025 and are scheduled to last for one year, completed in 2026

The projects will play a vital role in bringing down the college’s overall carbon footprint over the next six years, and will further improve the study environment for students in both Adams and Highfields once complete.

Janet Smith, chief executive and principal of Nottingham College said: 

We are really pleased to have been successful in our bid for this funding. As a college with a rich heritage and wide range of facilities across the city, this funding will help us on our journey to be carbon net zero by 2030

The College’s Zero campaign has seen us make great strides over the past 12 months with a 30% reduction in our carbon footprint so far – but we know there is more to do. 

As an education and employment leader in our city we have a significant part to play in reducing the college’s impact on the environment. To highlight our commitment to this, sustainability is one of the key pillars of our new five-year strategy. 

Nottingham is a city that is taking climate change seriously with the city aiming to be the first UK net zero city through the city council’s CN28 project. As such, funding like this is going to make an excellent contribution to that objective. 

Janet Smith — Chief executive and principal of Nottingham College

Director of Programmes at Salix, Ian Rodger, said:

Nottingham College has an ambitious carbon reduction strategy, and we are looking forward to supporting them to deliver this important Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme project. 

Ian Rodger — Director of Programmes at Salix
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  • 24th April 2024 (12:32 PM)
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