Erasmus Sustainable

Energy and buildings

Energy management

As part of the Long Term Agreement (MJA-3) the Erasmus University has an Energy Management System (EMS). It stipulates how the target of an annual energy efficiency improvement of 2% in the period 2005 to 2020, is being pursued in the EUR organization. The ambitions stem from the MJA-3 agreements between the EUR, other Dutch universities and the national government. The EMS describes the roles and responsibilities of those involved in the EUR within the framework of energy management

On 11 December the Energy Policy Statement was signed by the Chairman of the Executive Board. This statement is part of the energy management system. Another part of the EMS is the energy-audit. In December 2016 an audit was carried out which included examining whether all the arrangements are clear and that the documentation is in order. This audit was completed successfully.

Energy Efficiency Plan 2017-2020

The Energy Efficiency Plan (EEP) describes the activities that are undertaken to reduce the energy consumption. Continuously, for a period of 4 years, the EEP is prepared to achieve the 2% energy efficiency improvement per year. In 2016 the EEP 2017-2020 (Dutch only) was drafted. This will be the last in the present MJA3 period. The plan provides for a 10% improvement in energy efficiency within this period and contains measures on how to save energy. A major contribution to the energy efficiency improvements for the coming years are due to the new energy efficient buildings which are to be build and systems for thermal storage (ATES systems). Through such installations the buildings will be cooled down much more efficiently.

Energy consumption

In 2016 the EUR consumed 48,134 GJ of heat from the district heating system, 15,262 MWh of electricity and 77,800 m3 of water. The electricity has slightly increased in 2016 compared to 2015. This is due to the fact that the EUR has started using the new Polak Building and the second part of the underground parking garage. 2016 was also slightly colder than 2015 so also a bit more GJ’s of heat were used. The drinking water consumption decreased although the number of students increased. The EUR’s energy annual report provides more detailed information on energy consumption. It can be downloaded here (Dutch only).


Energy and water consumption EUR in the period 2006-2016 (SVW is district heating)

The ambition of the EUR is to improve the energy efficiency by 2% annually from 2005 onwards.  The downward trend has progressed in 2016. The implementation of energy savings measures like the realization of a heat and cold storage system and the retaliation of energy efficient new buildings will help the EUR to continue this the coming years.

When implementing measures in buildings the university always weighs the relative interests of the three Ps: people, planet and profit. It is sometimes necessary to opt for less energy-efficient solutions in the interests of creating a good working environment or for commercial reasons or because the opening hours of buildings are being extended. Consequently buildings might be using more energy. 

Energy saving measures

The university expects that the downward trend is visible thanks to the implementation of energy saving measures. The different measures taken in the past year are included and described in the Technical manual. These measures are implemented in case of renovation and in case of a new building being constructed. We expect this to facilitate the implementation of different measures.

Examples of measures are replacing the window glass by insulating, sunlight reflective HR+= glass, the installation of an active warming/cooling ceiling to be prepared for the connection to a heat /cold storage system and the installation of energy saving lighting controlled by daylight and movement. Also the insulation of the roof is a measure that can be taken when renovating a building.

In 2015 the sustainable renovation of two building started: The Sanders Building and the University Library. They will be reopened din 2017. A large number of energy saving measures has been carried out. 

Energy labels

Every building on campus has been equipped with an energy label. To a large extent, the age of the buildings determines their label. The buildings J, M, T, and V are certified with an A-label. However, there are still 3 buildings with a G-label - with A being the most, and G the least energy efficient label.

The energy labels of the various buildings are placed in visible spots in each building and can be viewed by clicking on the building below.

Erasmus Building (A) - label C

Sanders Building (L) - label D

Building B - label G

Van der Goot Building (M) - label A

Theil Building (C) - label C

Building N - label A

Building E - label G

Building P - label E

Building F - label C

Building Q - label G

Building G - label D

Building S - label B

Tinbergen Building (H) - label G

Mandeville Building (T) - label A

Bayle Building (J) - label A

Building V - label A