Energy and buildings

On 11 December 2013, the Chairman of the Executive Board signed the Energy Policy Statement. The Energy Policy Statement stipulates the most important goals in terms of energy and sustainability at EUR and how these will be achieved. Amongst others, the statement refers to the Long Term Energy Efficiency Agreement (MJA-3), the relevance of setting up an Energy Management System and the importance of managing the energy systems energy efficiently and continuous optimisation.

MJA3 and Energy Efficiency Plan 2017-2020

Through the Long Term Energy Efficiency Agreement (MJA-3), the government agreed with educational institutions to achieve a 30% energy efficiency improvement in the period 2005-2020. The EUR has committed to this agreement. The Energy Efficiency Plan (EEP) describes the activities that will be undertaken to achieve the energy reduction.

In 2016 the EEP 2017-2020 was drafted (see download). This is the last EEP in the MJA-3 period and it provides for a 10% improvement in energy efficiency. 2020 was the last year of the MJA3 period and the results are being worked out. Unfortunately, due to the corona measures, 2020 was not a normal year in terms of energy consumption.

A major contribution to the energy efficiency improvements for the coming years are due to the systems for thermal storage (ATES systems). Such installations cool down buildings much more efficiently. But the new energy efficient buildings which are to be build will also make a major contribution to improving energy efficiency. The realisation of two very energy efficient buildings started in 2020: the energy neutral sports hall and the new MFO II building.

Energy consumption

In 2020, 37.324 GJ district heating, 13.349 MWh of electricity and approximately 33.551 m3 of drinking water were consumed on Campus Woudestein. All consumption decreased in 2020 compared to 2019. However, due to the corona measures, the use of the campus has been much lower and this is reflected in the much lower energy and water consumption.

The EUR makes an annual energy report that provides more detailed information on energy consumption.