Keeping us warm in the winter and cool in the summer doesn’t come free. Traditional heating and cooling systems leave huge carbon footprints. Adapting our buildings with zero-carbon alternatives, like efficient heat pumps fueled by clean energy, will help us reduce the amount of fossil fuel emissions we burn to stay comfortable. UB will establish a net zero-carbon heating and cooling strategy for buildings on all three campuses.
Phase I (2021): A newly formed task force will perform a detailed study of campus central utility plant options to convert to zero carbon heating and cooling - the process will estimate GHG reductions and costs associated from replacement of individual boiler/chiller/towers with centralized technologies as well as energy source modifications
Phase II (2022): Evaluate main strategies which may include; use of electricity to produce steam for heating, potential use of steam for power generation and waste heat recovery, increasing resiliency by adding electrical storage on critical campus buildings
Phase III (2022): Consideration also to be given to biomass digesters on campus or community scale as a renewable source (in conjunction with compatible multi-fueled combined heat power and cooling)
New York State's energy and carbon reduction goals and the SUNY Chancellor's initiatives fro deep carbon savings will assist in providing a framework to encourage further investment into clean energy central plant technologies. Partnering with NYSERDA and other funding agencies will assist in the development of specific campus policies.
Captain: Tonga Pham, associate vice president for University Facilities