Borders College

Flushed with success!

A UK first in sustainable energy from waste water

Staff at Borders College are delighted after their heat from Sewage project has been shortlisted as a finalist in the prestigious Green Gown Awards 2017.

Flushed with success

Borders College, in partnership with SHARC Energy Systems UK, has recently completed the installation of the UK’s first heating plant using sewage/waste water as a sustainable heat source at its Scottish Borders Campus at Galashiels in the Scottish Borders. This unique installation provides 95% of the heating within a joint HE/FE Campus with multiple building types, ages and construction designs.

Pete Smith – Vice Principal - Finance and Resources at Borders College commented “This recognition of such an innovative project is great news for the College. To be the first in the UK to use this technology meant that we had to have a degree of faith in the project team but now that it’s operational, we are seeing the benefits in terms of carbon reduction and cost savings. We look to continue a long and successful partnership with SHARC.”

This year’s UK and Ireland Green Gown Awards’ finalists are proving post-16 education is at the forefront of the effort to deliver solutions to the most pressing global challenges of our time.

“It’s fantastic that the College have been nominated, this is the culmination of many years of hard work to become the first adopters of this technology in the UK. We look forward to working closely with Sharc Energy Systems over the coming years to further enhance the technology and continue to reduce our impact on the environment” said Robert Hewitt – Facilities Manager at Scottish Borders Campus

Having been a leading participant in the United Nations negotiations to develop 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development – the UK and Ireland must fulfil its commitment to deliver the Goals. For this to happen, it is clear from the hundreds of applicants to the Green Gown Awards that the Government must invest more in the solutions being developed in our Higher and Further Education institutes. They are leading the way as agents of change within our communities at home and abroad.


After a tough judging session, the applicants have been whittled down to one of four finalists in the best newcomer category. Projects range from electric pool cars to music albums dedicated to climate change and include ambitious zero carbon targets, pioneering new ways to create heat sources from waste and the largest Passivhaus building in the UK.

The finalists represent nearly 1.5 million students and just under a quarter of a million members of staff leading the way with their commitment to the global Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs).

Borders College have been shortlisted in the Best Newcomer category along with MidKent College, Northumbria University, Southampton Solent University

Winners are announced on 15 November 2017 at The Monastery, Manchester.


Published: Thu 6th Jul, 2017