Net Zero Strategy – University

Bridgeford Group was engaged by a regional university to prepare a Net Zero Asset Strategy for one of their dual-sector campuses, with the hope of making the campus a regional exemplar for sustainability. The site has already undergone significant energy efficiency upgrades over the last five years, including chiller and control upgrades, LED lighting and 70kW of solar installed on the roof, reducing energy consumption by almost 50%.

The strategy focused on the following key tenants to meet Net Zero:

  • Reduce – Reduce consumption via Energy Efficiency
  • Generate – Generate on-site electricity to reduce imported electricity and offset emissions
  • Electrify – Remove reliance upon natural gas with a transition to electric only energy sources
  • Store – Storage of energy (thermal or electric) to combat “time of use vs. time of generation”
  • Offset – Offset remaining emissions via green energy sources

The Net Zero strategy not only looked at “quick wins” to reduce emissions and cost, but also considered the following:

  1. Asset condition and end of life to ensure efficient use of capital
  2. Capital cost uplift from “like for like” replacement to “best practice”
  3. Recommended installation roadmap and projections
  4. Funding options
  5. Measurement and Verification plan.

The project identified opportunities to completely reduce the 440tonnes of CO2 p.a. to zero, saving approximately $70,000 annually, and recommended energy efficiency, energy generation, energy storage and emissions offsets to achieve zero emissions by 2035.