This project links the Department for SRS into the wider Energy Strategy through identifying and aiding the implementation of practical energy efficiency projects and initiatives


Energy represents the most significant contribution to the University’s carbon emissions. The Engagement team have previously delivered walkarounds to identify energy saving opportunities in the highest energy consuming locations across the Estate. This has brought forward projects for funding to the Sustainable Campus Fund and strengthened engagement with sustainability in these locations. This project will continue, and work with Estates to make best use of the findings from commissioned audits from Estates.


Through energy consumption figures and previous engagement in locations, the following locations are considered the focus areas for this project:

George Square Library

50 George Square

Business School

Chrystal MacMillan Building

Hugh Robson Building

Informatics Forum

Teviot Medical Quad (BMTO, School of History, Classics & Archaeology,School of Health in Social Sciences)

Charteris Land,

St Leonard’s Land

Sports & Exercise

Old College

Roslin Institute

Vet School

Paterson’s Land



Joseph Black Building

In 2016/17, in addition to the above, the following locations were added to the programme in order to better work with audits commissioned by Estates to AECOM:

Appleton Tower


Fleeming Jenkin

Alexander Graham Bell

Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre

Within the project, we aim to prioritise the above locations and retain flexibility to respond to specific requests from Energy Coordinators and building management, as well as the wider staff and student community where concerns around energy wastage are raised.


In each of the locations identified, SRS Engagement aim to:

  • Work with building management to ensure all SRS behaviour change initiatives are adopted in the location (Energy Coordinator in place, Sustainability Awards entries, Warp-it in use, engagement with Sustainable Labs programme where relevant)
  • Identify energy saving opportunities with regards potential infrastructure projects, alterations to Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) and work with Estates to ensure these are taken forward
  • Identify and facilitate the implementation of innovative location specific energy efficiency changes


  • Adoption of SRS initiatives to reduce carbon emissions and improve sustainability: Sustainability Awards, Energy Coordinator network, Warp-it, Waste & Recycling Coordinators, Sustainable Labs
  • Location audit reports including recommendations for on-site) changes (including BEMS, infrastructure changes, and developed Sustainable Campus Fund project proposals
  • Recommendations implemented or with plans in place for implementation

Success Criteria

  • Locations operate as efficiently as possible with demonstrable decrease in energy usage to contribute to carbon saving
  • Changes are implemented through relevant mechanisms e.g. Sustainable Campus Fund, bespoke projects, established SRS initiatives

Resources, Skills and Costs

  • Engagement Manager staff time for programme management and overall project management, including effective working with Estates
  • SRS Projects Coordinator time for data analysis, on site walkarounds, BEMS review, and reporting on audits, as well as follow up steps to implement changes, communicating with building users and to develop projects for funding proposals
  • Communications team time for development and promotion of any bespoke materials for site specific behaviour change projects
  • Energy data and BEMS data for each location needed for monitoring and evaluation of project impact
  • Estates development plans to understand medium-longer term vision in order to ensure compatibility of recommendations and changes to be implemented

Project Stakeholders

  • Energy Office – High interest/high influence– Require shared view of Estate and energy priorities, support for aims, and collaboration in some instances
  • Estates – Medium interest/medium influence – Require information and contacts to be passed to building management and other building users or used by SRS as necessary (e.g. fault reporting, systems in place, development plans)
  • Building management – Medium interest/high influence – Positive working relationship needed to ensure feedback is given and received in a timely and productive way
  • Utilities Working Group – High interest/High influence – Required guidance on development and approval for resulting Sustainable Campus Fund projects.

Activities 2017/18



Carry out location audits

Phased across quarters to ensure steady flow of projects to Sustainable Campus Fund

Feedback and next steps confirmed with building management

Phased, high level check-in with each location on projects identified and implemented annually

Meet with Energy Office to manage progress on objectives and ensure joined up working


Work with Energy Office to collaborate on commissioned audits, providing feedback to building users on outcomes and next steps

As per Energy Office/AECOM schedule

Current project status

Report Date RAG Budget Effort Completed Effort to complete
August 2020 GREEN 0.0 days 0.0 days 0.0

Project Info

EEC3 Energy Location Audits
SRS - Energy Engagement and Communications (EEC)
Project Manager
Chris Litwiniuk
Project Sponsor
Michelle Brown
Current Stage
In Progress
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