NCNU’s energy conservation
campaign yields green results
As the second highest-ranking Taiwanese university
on the GreenMetric World University Ranking last year, the National Chi Nan
University (NCNU) proceeded to work with Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) this
year to launch an energy conservation campaign in May. The initial results show
a grand culmination of NT$1.16 million in electrical bill savings, and a
reduction of 181,000 kilograms of carbon emissions between June and September
in comparison to the same period last year.
Huang Mei-lian, director of Taipower’s Nantou
branch office, paid a visit to NCNU President Dr. Yuhlong Oliver Su on Nov. 11.
At the meeting, President Su thanked Taipower for sending a service team to the
campus in April to overhaul the university’s power-saving practices and offer energy-saving
suggestions to assist with sustainable energy management.
The school adopted a series of energy-saving
measures following Taipower’s advice, including pumping water into the water
tower at off-peak hours at night, raising the standard temperature for air conditioning
by 1 degree across campus, activating heat pumps at off-peak hours at night,
and applying for demand side management measures.
In addition, the ideas of saving energy and reduce
carbon emissions were promoted in various school activities as well as related curriculums
to raise awareness among the faculty, staff, and students. The efforts were
fruitful. Power consumption and power bills both went down significantly – 338,000
kWh less than the same period last year.
Director Huang pointed out that NCNU’s energy-saving
achievements serve as an exemplary model for other higher-education
institutions as well as industrial users nationwide.
NCNU not only promotes energy-saving measures, but
also supports the use of renewable energy such as solar panels,
micro-hydropower equipment, and wind-powered equipment across its campus, which
is equivalent to the size of 22 football fields.
NCNU further integrates environmental
sustainability education with its course design and outreach efforts. To
promote understanding and adoption of clean energy, NCNU regularly arranges
visits for neighboring communities to learn about the solar photovoltaic
systems and the importance of renewable energy sources.