Energy Management at UCC

//Energy Management at UCC
Energy Management at UCC2017-11-06T12:41:30+00:00

UCC’s energy management program, which is certified to ISO 50001, can be broken down into a 3-pronged approach that focusses on our plant operations, our processes in place to manage energy conservation and finally our people, who play a leading role in our energy conservation approach.


Plant (or equipment) encompasses the services that we use in all our buildings, for example lighting, air ventilation, heating equipment and associated pumps. From our learnings over the years it is estimated that these services would account for 50% of the Universities energy consumption and as such need to be closely managed. We achieve this through our building management systems which ensures that the equipment is only running when it is required while the engineering services department ensure that the plant is maintained to ensure efficient operation when running.


Using our ISO 50001 certified energy management system, the University ensures that the process are in place to manage and promote energy conservation. For example, our energy policy ensures that our significant energy users are closely managed to eliminate energy wastage while our energy audit process ensures that regular energy audits are undertaken where energy saving opportunities are identified and undertaken by our minor projects department. Finally, our design processes ensure that all future buildings or renovation programs have sustainably and energy efficiency as a key design deliverable.


Most important are our people who use or manage the energy consuming equipment on site. From our craft operators, lab technicians, IT services departments to our students each and every one of us have a big part to play in reducing our total energy consumption. It is the aim of the B&E office to engage, encourage and enable our staff and students to conserve energy when they can, whether that’s turning off lights and PC’s when leaving the rooms or switching off lab equipment and services when not in use.

Using the 3P approach described the office is currently focussing on our significant energy users, where any energy efficiency measures implemented, can have a positive impact on our annual energy consumption. The tables below detail our significant energy users for the 2016/17 term. You can find out more about the programs taking place within our SEU’s in our annual energy review report.


Table 1 SEU Electrical for 2016/17

Area Description % of Site energy use
WGB WGB building, located on the Western Road houses lecture rooms, offices, conferencing facilities, Labs. 20.2
Food Science Building A research intensive building, FSB houses labs, dairy processing, brewery, meat processing areas as well as office spaces. 10.6
Kane Building The Kane building is home to research labs, IT data centre, Lecture theatres and offices. 10.5
Boole Library Main Campus library. 8.6
Bioscience The building accommodates scientific labs, seminar rooms and office rooms. 8.4
Brookfield Teaching rooms, medical simulation labs, offices and lecture halls. 6.7
Pharmacy Houses Labs, lecture halls, cleanroom and café. 5.1
ORB Home to offices, classrooms and café. 3.9
Student Centre UCC student centre, i.e. shops, computer rooms, halls, bar and café. 2.5
BSU Home to research labs 2.3
ERI Environmental Research Building, offices, heat pump, research labs. 2
Aula Located in the Quad, home to offices , conference rooms. 1.7
Glucksman UCC art gallery. 1.6
Others Other sites (91), i.e. houses etc. account for the remaining 15.9% of energy use. 15.9



Table 2 SEU Natural Gas for 2016/17

Area Description % of Site gas use
CHP 2 off CHP units used to generate steam and LPHW. 53
Main Campus Steam boilers 2 off Natural Gas fired shell & tube boilers that generate steam at 7 bar gauge. 11.5
Brookfield Gas feed for BHSC boilers / café 4
WGB Gas feed for WGB boilers/ café 4
Food Science Gas feed for boilers 3.2
Cavanagh building Gas feed for boilers / café 2.9
BSU Gas feed for boilers BSU research building 2.9
ORB Gas feed for boilers ORB building/ café 2.2
Bioscience Gas feed for boilers / café 2.1
Others Other sites (34) account for the remaining 14.2% of gas use. 14.2


Throughout the website you can learn about energy conservation and what steps you can take to help us. You can read about UCC’s history of energy management, which has been in place since the 1970’s and review the many energy projects implemented throughout the years or current programs in place.

In the meantime should you have any questions, queries or suggestions on energy conservation across the University please feel free to contact me at

So lets talk soon

Pat Mehigan