Two energy efficiency projects in RUSU are making big impacts in reducing their carbon footprint.
In April, we re-designed the cellar bar in Mojo’s. By sectioning off 1 corner of the cellar for the storage of chilled drinks, we have been able to remove one of the 2 chillers completely, and have reduced the chilled space by 78%. At the same time, new energy efficient lighting and occupancy sensors have been installed, which not only savings lighting energy, but also reduce the excess heat given off by the lights. In combination, these initiatives are expected to save over £8,000 and almost 30 tCO2 annually.
More recently, we have replaced the ageing lighting in the central corridors with smart new LED lights ceiling panels. This has been a joint investment with the Maintenance department, who have funded a replacement ceiling; to really improve the look and feel of the space and compliment the smart-looking new Café Mondial extension. Further lighting replacements of halogen spotlighting in both bars with LED equivalents, and striking new LED lighting to the upstairs office corridors with in-built motion sensors, will see a further £6,800 and 24 tCO2 savings annually.
One further energy efficiency measure of note is the double-glazing to Mojo’s as part of the Café Mondial extension works, making for a smarter, more efficient Union building all round!