Sheffield Hallam University has announced new energy targets and plans to trial hydrogen-fuelled vehicles as part of its fleet. The University has reduced its carbon emissions by 11 per cent since 2005 and is now in the process of setting new targets to improve energy efficiency and reduce waste and impact on the environment — and is also on track to achieve its target to reduce carbon emissions by 30 per cent by 2020.
Early this year 2016, the University will be trialling hydrogen fuelled vans in its vehicle fleet in partnership with ITM Power. The company has a site on Sheffield's Advanced Manufacturing Park which uses renewable energy from a wind turbine to breakdown water into hydrogen and oxygen. The vans will use the hydrogen to travel around campus, reducing carbon emissions and improving the local air quality for people living, working and studying in Sheffield.
Several of the University's buildings across city campus receive their energy through the city’s district heating system, which uses waste for heating that would normally be sent to landfill. At the Heart of the Campus building, ground source heat pumps are installed which make a significant contribution to providing heating to the building from the ground.
Over the last decade, the University has secured £875,000 in funding for research into solar energy from Government departments and bodies such as the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. And Mark Swales, Director of Estates and Facilities at Sheffield Hallam, said: "Sheffield Hallam is committed to being an environmentally-friendly institution. We are proud of the fact that our carbon emissions have been reduced significantly in the past ten years and we remain on track to reaching our 2020 target.
"New approaches and ways of working, such as the trial of hydrogen vehicles will go a long way to help us continue to reduce carbon emissions. And at a time when some universities are divesting from fossil fuels, we are proud to say that we have not and will not invest in them."