Energy Use - Highlights and Innovations
Energy consumption causes Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions (i.e. gases produced from the burning of oil, coal or gas to create electricity) which are the main cause of climate change (global warming). You can contribute to reducing our energy consumption on campus, thereby reducing GHG emissions and minimising the negative impacts of climate change.
You can find out more at Trinity’s energy page here.
Trinity’s energy objectives are listed below and were formally adopted in 2013. Click on any one of the green buttons below to find out more.
You can find out how to optimise your energy consumption and GHG emissions by clicking on the 'What can I do' green button.
By clicking on the 'Data & Results' green button you can view the Energy Efficiency, Trinity Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Trinity Renewable Energy and the indication of the Energy Performance in all the buildings on campus during the last few years. You can also see the targets we are aiming to achieve by 2020-21.
The 'Green Map' green button leads you to a map where you can find the energy efficiency, renewable energy and main GHG emission points in Trinity College. Click on any icon on the Green Map to get more information.
Energy consumption - some facts and figures:
- Trinity produces approximately 29,900 tonnes of carbon dioxide per annum associated with the electricity, gas and oil consumption of the College.
- Our current contracts for electricity supplies provide for 34% of all electrical power to come from renewable sources such as wind generation.
- The Trigeneration plant in TBSI recovers waste heat which is used to provide the base heating load and supplement cooling demand.
- Since 2007, over 150 energy conservation projects of varying scales and scope have been undertaken to reduce energy consumption of the College.
- Trinity has a Green IT data centre. See here for more information.
- Solar thermal panels have been installed in New Square north, New Square east and the Pavilion.
- Oisin House and Trinity Business School have been designed to pre-emptively meet near-zero energy standards, which will improve Trinity’s overall energy efficiency and bring additional renewable energy sources on board.