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. 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 contribute greatly to the energy efficiency. One example of these new energy efficient buildings is the energy neutral sports building, of which the construction will start in 2019.
In 2017 the EUR consumed 42,001 GJ of heat from the district heating system, 16,207 MWh of electricity and 89,200 m3 of water. The electricity has slightly increased in 2017 compared to 2016; this is due to the increase in functional surface area. The consumption of water also increased because the number of students increased. In contrast to electricity and water, less heat was consumed in 2017 compared to 2016. This is because 2017 was slightly warmer than 2016, so less heat was needed.
The EUR’s energy annual report provides more detailed information on energy consumption. The report for 2017 can be downloaded below (in Dutch only).