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UCA signs up to ground-breaking renewable energy deal

The University for the Creative Arts (UCA) has signed up to a landmark renewable energy deal alongside 19 other leading UK universities.

Through what’s known as an aggregated power purchase agreement (PPA) with The Energy Consortium (TEC), UCA has committed to buying 20% of its electricity from four UK windfarms.

The PPA was arranged by Squeaky Clean Energy in partnership with TEC.  For a period of ten years, Statkraft, Europe’s largest producer of renewable energy, will annually deliver the wind power from their British portfolio, with the 20 participating universities paying collectively £50m for the energy.

UCA’s Carbon Management Plan has already achieved a 45% reduction in carbon emissions from energy consumption in the last ten years and since 2017 has tripled the amount of renewable energy generated by solar panels on its campuses to some 50 Megawatt hours a year.

Electric Vehicle charging points are now installed at all four campuses, and sustainable commuting for staff and students is encouraged, with more than 150 commuters signed up to its Liftshare car-share scheme. It has also pledged not to directly invest in companies involved in the carbon energy industry, including those extracting fossil fuels.

Scott Keiller, UCA’s Sustainability Officer, said: “We’re delighted to be a part of this ground-breaking purchasing agreement. It builds on our already significant reductions and puts renewables at the heart of our energy and carbon management programme.”