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​New PowerZee app allows students to reduce uni's power bills & NTU releases its inaugural Sustainability Report

Published on: 15-Feb-2017

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From next month on the new PowerZee app will be rolled out in the NTU campus. The app can help reduce the university's electricity bills, simply by pushing a button on their phone. It will let students to give feedback on how hot or cold a specific room is. The data is then used to adjust the air-conditioning system, reducing unnecessary energy consumption.

They will also be able to tag places they consider green, and get tips on how to be more eco-friendly.

EcoCampus is the NTU initiative behind the project, with a mission to lower energy consumption by 35 per cent by 2020. According to the sustainability report recently released by the university, it has decreased its energy usage by 10 per cent since 2011 despite the campus growing in area by 9 per cent in the same period.

NTU's inaugural Sustainability Report is in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework – one of the most widely used and internationally recognised reporting frameworks. NTU is the first university in Singapore to publish a report which takes stock of the institution's green efforts.

So far, the university has reduced its burden on the grid through several large-scale initiatives, including the installation of solar photovoltaic systems on a majority of its rooftops and using light-emitting diode (LED) lights along its streets.

The solar photovoltaic systems, which convert sunlight into energy, have a peak capacity of 5 megawatts in total, and are able to save NTU up to 3 per cent in energy costs and reduce its carbon emissions by 3,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually.

Read the full article here and have a look at the Sustainability Report here

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