UCT advances sustainability practices

03 Sep 2019

Manfred Braune, the University of Cape Townʼs (UCT) new director of environmental sustainability, is working towards reducing the university’s energy consumption to achieve close to net-zero carbon emissions in the 2030-2050 period, cbn.co.za reports. 

This will be achieved through using less electricity from the South African grid – which will also in turn save the university millions of rands annually. 

According to cbn.co.za, the sustainability plan will consist of: 

  • extensive energy audits of building energy consumption
  • intensified energy metering and monitoring
  • improved, automated building management systems
  • energy efficient lighting and heating, ventilation and air conditioning installations and retrofits
  • solar photovoltaic (PV) installations on rooftops and parking areas
  • new buildings that are highly energy efficient and certified “green”
  • plans for the Jammie Shuttle to shift from diesel to electric buses.

Additionally, a study is being carried out to discern which buildings are most appropriate for solar PV installations. 

The university has long focused its efforts on environmentally-friendly practices, having implemented energy-efficient heat pumps to replace electric hot water boilers over the past 10 years. It also carried out energy audits in some buildings and brought energy-efficient lighting fixtures to one of the buildings. 

In 2012, the university also pledged to use green designs for all new buildings, certified by the Green Building Council South Africa.