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Renewable energy and reducing energy use

We procure our energy through the Oxford University energy procurement scheme, thus ensuring that 100% of our electricity is obtained and supplied though renewable sources, with a Renewable Energy Guarantee of Origin factored in to the agreement.

In addition to procuring renewable electricity, Exeter College is also working to reduce our electricity and gas use. As outlined in our sustainability strategy, every refurbishment project includes work to improve the environmental performance of our buildings and we are working towards a feasibility study to support our transition to a decarbonised mechanical and electrical infrastructure.

Besides these long-term projects, Exeter College is also working towards reducing our energy use in the short-term. By improving our heating system in Turl Street, we saw an impressive reduction in our gas use during the last winter, thus helping to reduce our emissions. Furthermore, Exeter has been encouraging electricity savings throughout College, with participation in the university’s Be energy friendly campaign.

Year-on-year gas savings at the College’s Turl Street (main) site:

November 2022: 34.0 per cent less than 2021
December 2022: 23.4 per cent less than 2021
January 2023: 10.6 per cent less than 2022
February 2023: 20.9 per cent less than 2022
March 2023: 17.7 per cent less than 2022
April 2023: 21.54 per cent less than 2022

These figures are taken from meter readings and adjusted for daily consumption for the variable intervals between meter reads.

More data on Exeter’s energy use is also available on the emissions page.