The funding comes from the third round of allocations in the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s Revolving Green Fund.
The latest projects, which will receive a total of £21 million in funding over the 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years, aim to save 20,000 tonnes in CO2 emissions.
The money is provided as recoverable grants, with separate strands for small-scale energy efficiency programmes and larger projects.
Initially 57 applications for funding were made but only 37 small-scale programmes and 10 large projects made the cut.
The 37 small-scale programmes will each receive between £50,000 and £500,000 while ten large projects will be given between £0.5 million and £1 million. The larger projects include a combined heat and power gas turbine replacement at the University of Birmingham and a biomass boiler at Cranfield University.
By aiming to reduce 20,000 tonnes of carbon emissions, the projects are expected to contribute to the higher education sector’s 2020 carbon reduction target of reducing emissions by 43 per cent.