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Energy targets

Gas and electricity: ongoing 5% annual reduction

Our GREEN move on campus

Rolling Green Fund

Since 2010 approximately £1 million has been invested through Brunel’s Rolling Green Fund enabling the reduction of around 1,000 tonnes of carbon emissions and associated energy usage. In addition £5.7million of stock condition improvements have been carried out reducing carbon emissions by a further 1,700 tonnes.

Projects have included:

  • Voltage Optimisation
  • Lighting Replacement
  • Mechanical Plant Replacement
  • Window Replacement
  • Hand Dryer Replacement
  • Programmable eTRV Head Replacement           
  • Burner Management Control
  • Switch Off Campaigns and Attitude / Behavioural Change
  • Waterless Urinals
  • Urinal flushing controls
  • Building Energy Management System installation and improvements
  • Integration of energy efficiency features in new buildings
  • Maintenance of boilers and other plant to a high standard
  • End of life HVAC equipment replaced with more energy efficient options
  • Automatic (presence detection) and daylight dimming lighting controls
  • Undertaken energy surveys on many buildings
  • Investment in an energy Monitoring and Targeting system
  • Phased installation of automatic meter reading equipment – Electricity, Gas & Water

Wind Turbine


The Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering have a micro-scale horizontal axis wind turbine on the roof of Tower D along with an anemometer to measure wind speed and an online monitoring system which will enables the measurement of power output and wind speeds.

This experimental test rig aims to support both research and teaching concerning electrical power network integration of renewable energy sources.
In addition, the Department is planning to upgrade the initial 600w wind turbine to a larger 6000w unit when commercially and technically available for rooftop installation.

Student Switch-Off


The University is hosting the Student Switch-Off, a national energy-saving campaign to encourage competition between halls of residence with the potential to reduce carbon emissions by 10%. Follow Brunel Student Switch Off campaign on Facebook.

Green tips

At work:

  • Shut down your computer when you leave the office
  • Shut down photocopiers and printers when you leave the office
  • Switch off lights when you leave the office and also when there is sufficient daylight.

At home:

  • Turn your thermostat down, reducing your room temperature by 1°C could cut your heating bills by up to 10% and saves around £55 per year
  • Check your water temperature: Your cylinder thermostat should be set at 60°C/140°F
  • Don’t leave appliances on standby; turn off the main switch: Standby setting consumes 10-60% of the electricity when it is switched on
  • Use energy saving light bulbs: they last up to 10 times longer and save you around £40 over the lifetime of the bulb.

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