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The University of Wolverhampton has taken delivery of a new heating and power system as part of its commitment to boosting its green credentials.Combined Heat and Power (CHP)

The new Combined Heat and Power (CHP) unit has been installed at City Campus South in Wolverhampton, between two University buildings off Deanery Row.

The new unit is part of a wider £3 million Carbon Management Program to improve the University’s carbon emissions and it has been estimated that it will save the institution £228,600 per year.

Once fully operational in October, the CHP will provide electricity and heat for use in all the south campus buildings and reduce the University’s carbon emissions by 1,000 tonnes per year.

Stephen Cocks, University Energy Manager, said: “This is the latest stage in our plans to cut our carbon emissions and become a greener university.

“Staff and students across the University are doing their bit to be more environmentally friendly, and as an institution we are committed to improving our green credentials as part of our Carbon Management Plan.”

The Carbon Management Plan commits the University to reducing its CO2 emissions by 25% by 2015, set against its baseline figures of 2007/08.

The Walsall Campus already has two smaller CHP units on site near the Performance Hub. These provide heat and power to multiple buildings across the campus such as the Performance Hub, swimming pool and teaching and admin building.

Since April 2009, Wolverhampton has been one of 11 universities participating in the Carbon Trust’s fifth HE Carbon Management programme.

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