Energy management forms an important part of the sustainability ambition of TU/e. In 2015 TU/e was climate neutral, and the aim is to be fifty percent energy neutral in 2030. This means that in that year half of our energy will be generated by TU/e itself.
As of 2012 electricity is 100% ‘greened’ with Guarantees of Origin. As of 2013 natural gas is 25% greened in the form of afforestation and forest protection projects. In 2015 the natural gas is also totally greened and TU/e is climate neutral. In order to attain our energy ambition, we actively pursue energy savings as well. In comparison with 2005, TU/e in 2020 wants to reduce its energy consumption by 30%. These savings will be achieved as follows:
- 20% within the institution: 5% savings in existing buildings and 15% in our new buildings in combination with the reduction of the number of square meters.
- 10% outside the institution: 10% (CO₂ reduction) in the form of mobility.
Continuous improvement of the energy efficiency can only be brought about if we devote structural attention to this through energy management. Energy management is the structurally and economically sound execution of organizational, technical and behavioral measures to minimize the use of energy.
Deming circle is a guideline
The guideline for TU/e in organizing its energy management is the NEN-EN 16001 standard. This standard specifies requirements for the organization, implementation, maintenance and improvement of an energy management system based on the (Plan-Do-Check-Act) Deming circle.