The University has been given the go-ahead by Fife Council to begin work on the construction of an energy centre at Guardbridge. The plans involve a £20 million investment into the renovation of the disused Guardbridge paper mill, transforming it into a heat and power generating station.
The project is part of the University’s mission to become carbon neutral by 2016 and it is predicted that the energy centre will save 12,000 tonnes of carbon per year. The centre will generate power through biomass energy and pump hot water the four mile distance to St Andrews.
The funding for this, as with many of the University’s energy saving schemes, has been provided by Salix, which is an independent company funded by the carbon trust.