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A university in the Southern Federal District is the first in Russia to have been energy audited to European standards.

On 1 September the international consulting company MVV decon GmbH (Germany) presented the results of its energy audit of the South Russian State Technical University (SRSTU, Novocherkassk).

The South Russian State Technical University is the first Russian higher educational institution to undergo an energy audit. The work was carried out free of charge as part of a grant made to Center-Invest Bank by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in 2008. (Center-Invest Bank is one of the EBRD’s partners for energy efficiency projects.)

Following the audit, the German company produced a “Rational Energy Plan” for the university, providing a detailed overview and analysis of the current situation and identifying the financial and environmental benefits of the implementation of various energy efficiency measures.

The auditors:

  • — examined four boiler rooms using portable measuring equipment;
  • — conducted a visual inspection of the university's halls of residence and its academic buildings, and also analysed data on the electricity consumption of these facilities;
  • — analysed data on the university's energy consumption and energy bills;
  • — identified in detail projects that would reduce the university's energy consumption and energy bills.

Based on the results of the investigation, six energy saving measures have been proposed, each of which is intended to make the university's heating system more efficient. The implementation of these proposals would:

  • — save 671,100 kWh of electric power and 772,500 м3 of natural gas annually;
  • — reduce annual СО2 emissions by 1926.9 tonnes. 

The total value of the energy savings would exceed RUB14.1m, including RUB1.8m saved by introducing an energy management system.

Investment in the projects would be RUB121.7m, including RUB1.2m invested in the energy management system.

Under the university’s agreement with MVV decon GmbH and Center-Invest Bank, it is intended that the energy audit will have a multiplier effect: by the end of next year, SRSTU is to have presented the results of the energy study to the Rostov Region Board of Rectors and the heads of the educational institutions of the Southern and North Caucasus Federal Districts.