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Twelve Scottish universities are set to benefit from interest-free loans under a new funding programme as part of a larger funding package worth £60 million.

This week SFC has approved £16.6 million of loan funding for projects to improve the energy efficiency of campus buildings and help to reduce the sector’s carbon footprint. The projects include upgrades to lighting and power system, better metering, a district heating scheme in Glasgow and a smart campus initiative at St Andrews.

The growth of the Scottish university sector, particularly recent investments in new research centres, is making it harder for universities to meet their Climate Change Act targets. The new initiative is designed to help universities regain ground by working alongside and enhancing existing programmes.

John Kemp, Interim Chief Executive of the Scottish Funding Council, said: “With the most ambitious carbon reduction targets in the UK, Scotland needs new and innovative approaches to carbon reduction. These schemes show universities and colleges leading the way to a low carbon Scotland and protecting the environment for future generations.”