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"Universities need to understand the true cost of energy inaction"

John Treble, Client Services Director, The Green Consultancy

Falling student numbers, unconditional offers, Aston University Campusgender pay gaps, Brexit uncertainty and threats of closures: it seems that universities have been seldom out of the news recently. As a result the pressure is on many universities to tighten their belts and cut costs.

Sadly, we are seeing the impact of these uncertainties and pressures in cutbacks to the very area that genuinely offers the potential to reduce costs and have a positive environmental impact at the same time! We have seen energy improvement budgets cut, energy teams reduced and a lessening commitment to driving energy costs down.

We have worked extensively with universities over the last 2 decades to help them manage and reduce their energy consumption and costs. Portsmouth, Oxford, Chester, Lancaster, Aston, Aberystwyth and many more have all seen significant reductions in energy costs and emissions as a result of investing in our expert advice and implementing energy improvement projects. And there is always more that can be done!

What many people don’t understand, is the real cost of NOT implementing energy improvement projects. Inaction ignores the stresses to the organisation posed by rising energy prices, it ignores increased costs associated with growth, it ignores the profit or investment potential of any savings realised and it also ignores the social gains of reduced environmental impact.

With a comprehensive analysis of potential energy saving measures and projects, the impact of organisational growth and rising energy prices, we can demonstrate exactly what the cost of inaction is versus the benefits of implementation.

Instead of cutting budgets and teams, now is the time for universities to strengthen their commitment to saving energy. This is a low risk, often low cost and potentially hugely beneficial way to add money to the university coffers!

If you would like to talk to us about how The Green Consultancy can help your organisation save energy and costs, call John Treble on 01761 419081, or email John@GreenConsultancy.com

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