New campaign seeks to enrol 660,000 UK university students to tackle energy inefficiency

This month sees the relaunch of The Student Energy Project (TSEP), an initiative from the utilitech pioneers behind amber energy, that seeks to enrol the UK’s 660,000 students who live in purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) in the fight against climate change.*

TSEP is a behaviour change app that enables participating student accommodation providers in the UK to involve their residents in an energy saving initiative that gives back. TSEP is free for students to take part in and enables them to collaboratively reduce their energy consumption and carbon emissions.

TSEP already has 73 accommodation blocks signed up, catering to 14,000 students. 

How does it work?

  • Students who live in participating halls of residence simply download the app and register their details,
  • The students then work as a collective within each accommodation block to take steps to reduce their energy use, 
  • The money that each accommodation block saves on its energy bills as a result of TSEP is put towards verified carbon offsetting projects, such as tree planting or developing clean energy projects in rural Africa.
  • All PBSA participants can track their properties’ energy performance and also benchmark their progress against others .

Nick Proctor, founder and CEO of amber energy, which is behind The Student Energy Project, said, “Today’s students are part of the generation that is pushing for real change to tackle the climate crisis. To harness their collective power, we’ve spent a lot of time developing and creating an app that can help students to make a real difference. 

“Now’s the time for a big social experiment where we mobilise communities to act together to save the planet. We believe that by making better choices and decisions around energy, water use and waste, the UK can become home to the world’s greenest student population.”

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