University College Cork is to become the country’s first third-level institute to use electricity supplied entirely from wind and biomass sources. The college will be provided with 100% renewable energy from Electric Ireland over the next two years as part of the provider’s €150m government contract win.
The move builds upon the UCCs existing policy of environmental consideration and sustainable development. In 2010, University College Cork was the first third level education institute worldwide to receive the Green Campus award and in 2013 it became the first third level institute to obtain a Green Flag. In addition to these achievements, University College Cork was also the first third level institution worldwide to achieve the ISO 50001 standard which is an international standard that enables organisations to establish the systems and processes necessary to improve energy performance, including energy efficiency, use, and consumption.
UCC currently uses an estimated 12GWh a year, the equivalent of 2,300 households.