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Edinburgh Uni leads way on carbon cutting

Universities and colleges in Scotland should take the lead on cutting carbon emissions and in increasing energy efficiency according to one of the country’s leading educational institutions.

The University of Edinburgh has received a Carbon Trust Standard award after slashing its carbon footprint through various measures including the installation of Combined Heat and

Power, green thinking procurement strategies, recycling and promoting sustainable transport.

Angus Currie, the university’s director of Estates and Buildings, said: “Accreditation to the Carbon Trust Standard is the latest in a succession of awards that recognise that we are working along the right lines.

'Universities and Colleges have a special opportunity to take the lead and contribute positively to a low carbon Scotland.”

Flagship Combined Heat and Power scheme

High profile energy efficiency measures include a flagship project to install three Combined Hat and Power systems at the Pollock halls of residence, King’s Buildings and George Square energy centres.

The university said the project significantly cut carbon emissions and generated savings of £1 million per year.

Other efforts include encouraging sustainable travel, high recycling rates and linking building procurement to high BREEAM ratings – its recently completed Informatics Forum achieved a BREEAM excellent rating.

Other organisations in Scotland to receive the accreditation are the Scottish Court Service, LifeScan Scotland, Hewlett-Packard, FIS Chemicals, Diageo Scotland Supply and Fife Council.