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Aston nominated for energy saving awards

Aston Campus

22 November 2013 

Aston University’s reputation for environmental and sustainable commitment was further bolstered after being nominated for two national energy efficiency awards. 

The prestigious Energy Awards 2013 shortlisted the University under the category ‘Energy Efficient Data Centre of the Year’. This is a new category to recognise data centres growing impact on energy use.

The University’s Estates and Capital Developments (ECD) department has worked with Information Services Aston (ISA) to implement two main large energy saving projects within the main data centre:

  •          A free cooling system installed to cool the centre with air from outside the building for the majority of the year.

  •        A centralised flywheel UPS Generator system was introduced to support IT services on campus, helping to save significant amounts of energy. 

The University was also the recipient of a CIBSE Building Performance Award 2014 under the ‘Client Energy Management Award’ category. The award acknowledges the achievements of the building owner who most effectively demonstrates how they obtain value for money for the energy they use. 

The ECD was noted for the many cross-disciplinary initiatives they spearheaded, including space utilisation, capital projects, refurbishments, maintenance and energy waste awareness raising. 

Andrew Bryers, Energy Manager at ECD, said: “Data centres have a tremendous impact on energy use so we are delighted Aston University has been shortlisted for these respected awards. Both highlight the enormous effort that the University has dedicated to saving energy through a number of different projects, including large savings in electricity consumption in our data centre.

 Such progress is due to all staff and students who support our endeavours to ensure we meet our target of cutting the University’s carbon emissions 53% by 2020

Sustainability is a crucial element of Aston University’s ‘Forward to 2020’ strategy. The University was placed 12th out of over 120 universities in the 2013 People & Planet Green League. This is the fifth year in a row the institution has achieved a first-class award.

For further media information, please contact Jonathan Garbett, Aston University Communications on 0121 204 4552 or j.garbett@aston.ac.uk