The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority’s (EECA) State Sector Decarbonisation Fund supports the Carbon Neutral Government Programme which has been set up to accelerate the reduction of emissions within the public sector.
Paul Bull, EECA Public Sector Portfolio Manager, says, "Massey University's investment into sustainable infrastructure is a leading example of the Government’s commitment to a low emissions future.
“The mix of projects happening at Massey reflects that there are a number of steps organisations can take to reduce their energy related emissions, that can happen alongside each other. It is initiatives like these that will make a real difference in achieving our climate targets, and we’re pleased to see more tertiary institutions making the crucial shift towards a cleaner and more sustainable future for New Zealand."
Allanah Ryan, Associate Director of Sustainability Policy and Communications, says, “This funding will enable Massey to accelerate the transition of its campuses away from fossil fuels to electricity and more efficient energy sources. This is an important commitment for the university, and the support of EECA and this co-funding is an invaluable contribution to this work. We’re thrilled to be able to get moving more quickly along this trajectory”.
Funding has been issued for the following projects across Massey:
- $3.306 million to replace 23 gas boilers across our Auckland, Manawatū and Wellington campuses with heat pump technology. Massey will invest $4.96 million from its own budget. EECA estimates this will reduce carbon emissions by around 6,153 tonnes over 10 years.
- $516,000 to replace a chiller at the Auckland campus with a more efficient model that uses a lower GWP (Global Warming Potential) refrigerant. Massey will invest $774,000 from its own budget. EECA estimates this will reduce carbon emissions by around 512 tonnes over 10 years.
- $115,000 to install efficient LED lighting at the Manawatū campus. Massey will invest $344,000 from its own budget. EECA estimates this will reduce carbon emissions by around 440 tonnes over 10 years.
More details about these projects can be found on the Beehive website.
In a huge step toward its goal to be net carbon zero by 2030, Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa Massey University has partnered with renewable energy fund Solar Bay in a proposal to host a large onsite solar PV system at its Manawatū campus.
A new Massey University study will explore the potential for combined solar and pastoral farming in New Zealand by grazing sheep around solar panels on a Taranaki farm.
Massey will receive $2m from the State Sector Decarbonisation Fund towards upgrading to a more energy efficient façade as part of the Manawatū library renovations.
Times Higher Education has again ranked Massey within the top 200 in all Sustainability Development Goals.