Why we’re angry
You might have seen the large chimney that has recently popped up next to the Arts Tower. This is what the University euphemistically calls ‘The Transformer’. In reality, it is a gas-fired power station, constructed right in the heart of our campus. This is new fossil fuel infrastructure which is completely at odds with the university’s promises of climate action and fossil fuel divestment.
The university argues “The Transformer” is required by law to ensure energy security for the estate. This has a grain of truth to it, but in reality, University management has built far more capacity than is required and plans to run the gas generators constantly, not hold them in reserve in cases of power blackouts. This is about money, not energy security.