Loughborough University

Loughborough University

Executive Summary

Vital Energi has developed a long standing relationship with Loughborough University which has a national reputation for taking action on environmental issues. The University's Council has made a strategic commitment to environmental sustainability through its research, teaching, enterprise and operational activity.

  • stats-numerical
    £2.7m contract value
  • people
    23 year relationship
  • energy-distribution
    7km of district heating pipework installed
  • chp
    500kWe CHP engine installed

Project Overview

Over the past 15 years, Vital Energi has carried out a number of district heating pipework projects on the University’s behalf in order to help it to reduce its carbon emissions. We use the highest quality products including the most thermally efficient district heating pipe available in order to maximise carbon emissions reduction for the University. Our specialist team has also installed the Band Muff fusion welded jointing system, which is exclusively available from Vital Energi in the UK, and significantly extends the design life expectancy of district heating pipes.

Our Solution


The overall goal of its Carbon Management Programme is to cut 43 per cent of its campus CO2 emissions by 2020, which is equivalent to reducing CO2 emissions by 12,685 tonnes.

The University’s CO2 emissions target is a significant challenge but offers Loughborough the opportunity to develop a truly sustainable campus and be a leader in environmental sustainability within the academic sector.

Vital Energi has worked with Loughborough University for more than 15 years repairing, upgrading and improving its district heating system which has resulted in significant energy and maintenance savings.

Working directly for the University, as its preferred contractor, Vital Energi has carried out a number of projects including replacing the old heating mains and linking the district heating systems located on the Central and East Park areas of the campus.

On all projects Vital Energi has used the most thermally-efficient pipes available and the Band Muff joint system which is unique to Vital Energi in the UK. In total, Vital Energi has installed around 7km of district heating pipe at Loughborough University.

Vital Energi also assisted the University with its commitment to sustainability by using the most thermally efficient district heating pipe available and installing the unique Band Muff jointing system which also helps with the realisation of the University’s dual objectives of lower energy costs and a safe and reliable energy system for the long term.

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