The university of East London has collaborated with global powerhouse Siemens to utilise their shared aspirations of achieving net-zero carbon by 2030. Siemens aim is to deliver improvement measures to reduce overall energy use.
They plan to use engineer solutions to push the shift to renewable and on-site low-carbon energy generation at UEL’s campuses in Stratford and the London Docklands.
The partnership has been underpinned by innovation, decarbonisation and digitalisation with not only the aim of net-zero carbon, but to foster inclusivity by creating new learning opportunities for students and staff.
The first phase of the project will immediately cut 10% of UEL’s carbon emissions and reduce operational cost by installing LED lighting in all buildings, and upgrading the building management system (BMS).
In future phases of the partnership, Siemens plan to support UEL in the creation of an innovation hub for local green energy enterprises. This gives students opportunities to engage with the latest green technologies on-campus. Mentoring and internships will be available to students to further strengthen their skills.
Working together, UEL and Siemens will embed sustainability into the curriculum, allowing students to learn and develop the skills they need to create a green economy.
Professor Amanda Broderick, Vice Chancellor and President, University of East London has said: “With our university-student-industry triple helix partnership approach, we are confident that we can achieve net-zero in our publicly engaged and vibrant learning environment where everyone can succeed. The campus carbon transformation will give our students the opportunity to become sustainability leaders of tomorrow. They will have access to the latest thinking in smart technology, to industry experience and mentorship and a vital edge in the jobs market.”
The university and Siemens will continue to explore new ways of introducing local-scale energy projects that make an immediate difference to local communities in order to support the energy transition.