Wageningen University & Research aims to achieve optimal energy systems and to improve awareness of energy consumption; not through a whole array of individual measures, but through a fully operational Energy Management System.
Every year WUR generates around 65 million kWh of wind energy with windmill parks
As a signatory to the Multi-Year Agreement 3 for energy (in Dutch MJA-3), WUR has committed to achieve 30% energy efficiency in the period 2005-2020. By following the path set out in the Energy Efficiency Plan (EEP), we are making excellent progress. Compared to 2005 an energy efficiency improvement of 22% was realized in 2016. We also reduced our CO2 emissions for energy by 79%.
For some time, through our three 26-turbine windfarms in Lelystad, we have been delivering as much energy to the public grid as we consume. Not only do we produce green wind energy, we also purchase it with for our everyday use.
Sustainability is also a priority in our housing policy. All the new buildings on Wageningen Campus (Atlas, Forum, Actio, Orion and Helix) meet high sustainability criteria and are served by a geo-thermal system. This system heats and cools these building in a sustainable way and reduces our CO2 emissions.
We intend to realise further energy savings in the coming years by paying close attention to energy management. All parts of the organisation can assess their own energy consumption and realise their own energy-saving potential by means of, for example, insulation, LED lighting and the deployment of sustainable technology. One excellent result delivered by this approach is the central facility for freezing of research material at ultra-low temperatures.
The WUR Energy Vision for 2030 was drawn up in 2013, with operational security, affordable energy, and sustainability as the primary objectives. In the years ahead, WUR will vigorously pursue the energy strategy based on this vision.