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Environment and Energy


The Equipment Replacement Programme provides financial support for the replacement of old drying cabinets and ultra-low temperature freezers with new, energy efficient models.

Funding towards other equipment types can be applied for through the University’s Energy and Carbon Reduction Project (ECRP)

Equipment Replacement Programme - The Deal

Form of Support

-80°C Freezers

10 years or more in age.

Drying Cabinets

5 years or more in age.



50% of the cost of an approved new freezer, up to a maximum of £4,500 per unit. 50% of the cost of an approved drying cabinet, up to a maximum of £2,000 per unit.



100% of the approved new freezer ‘in exchange’ for 2 units. 100% of the approved new drying cabinet ‘in exchange’ for 2 units.


(no old unit(s) disposed of)

Up to £1,000 per new energy efficient freezer. Up to £1,000 per new energy efficient drying cabinet.

* Only if proof of need is demonstrated, for example to service a new building or lab.

Equipment Replacement Programme - The Conditions

Equipment must be chosen from a pre-defined list of models that the Environment and Energy Section have identified as being energy efficient. Outgoing items must be disposed of appropriately and a waste note received in order for a claim to be successful.

For full terms and conditions, step-by-step process guides and required forms, please read the documents below before applying for funding. Please direct further questions to

Equipment Replacement Programme - Guidelines & Forms


ERP -  Ultra-low temperature freezers

Download the ERP Freezer Guide (pdf)


ERP – Drying Cabinets

Download the ERP Drying Cabinet Guide (pdf)

Equipment Funding Request form

Download the ERP Funding Request Form (excel)

Equipment Replacement Programme - The Rationale

Ultra-low temperature freezers and drying cabinets are in widespread use across the University estate to facilitate research.

A -80°C freezer typically consumes between 16 and 22 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity per day, which is roughly equivalent to two typical UK households. Each year of a -80°C freezer’s life results in around a 3% increase in its energy consumption due to loosening seals, refrigerant loss, degraded lubricants and mechanical fatigue. Consequently after around ten years of use, a -80°C freezer may consume over 30 kWh per day, equating to an electricity cost of well over £1,000 per year.

Replacing an old freezer with a new, energy efficient one, will reduce the emissions of a research group or department by around 2 tonnes CO2e per freezer per year.

A study focussed on drying cabinets, undertaken in the Department of Chemistry, has found that a typical drying cabinet operating at 75°C consumes around 18 kWh per day.

Equipment Replacement Programme - The Achievements

In the first year of the Equipment Replacement Programme, from August 2016, 60 new freezers and four new drying cabinets have received a total of over £230,000 from ECRP. Successful applications have come from over 20 different departments and groups.