How does a University stay on track to make 34% reductions by 2020 with a growing estate?
20/01/2014« Back

Richard Hipkiss (digitalenergy) and Martyn Wilde (Keele University)

Keele is one of the first universities in the UK to have its Energy Management System certified to the prestigious quality standard of ISO50001:2011, having implemented the system to achieve continual improvement with support from digitalenergy.

When Keele engaged digitalenergy in 2008 the key objectives were set as support in managing compliance and stakeholder engagement. The two objectives soon became one when the full implications of the Carbon Reduction Commitment were understood. It was clear that energy had to be part of the integrated process of running the University.


Keele’s Energy Management System covers all variables affecting energy performance that can be monitored and influenced by the University. It covers areas as diverse as energy policy, monitoring, measuring, operational aspects and auditing, delivered within a framework developed by digitalenergy.

With the certification of ISO50001 the future is set with continuous improvements and reductions at the heart of all activity.

For digitalenergy the support will be to bring systems together, continuing to deliver efficiency to the operational activity across the University and removing the administration time that has taken over a bulk of the working week for many Energy Managers.

Martyn Wilde, Energy Manager, Keele University says;
“With rising energy costs, proactive energy management is a necessity for any university these days. As well as helping to manage energy better, focusing on this area also leads to environmental benefits, such as the reduction of carbon emissions, something which prospective students factor into their choice of where to study.”

Richard Hipkiss, Commercial Director, digitalenergy says;
“Keele are a prime example of what can achieved with management systems,
the natural home for best practice”

Benefits to Keele University
The benefits of taking a long-term approach to energy management are expected to continue for the University, some benefits to date include:

• Reduced risk from compliance requirements

• #1 in the first Carbon Reduction Commitment League Table published

• Display Energy Certificates driving engagement since 2008

• Increased awareness across campus of energy reduction programs

• Enhanced reputation through external certification

Enhancing internal knowledge of University processes and culture with that of the external knowledge and technical capability of digitalenergy has been a win-win situation from day one.

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