Carbon Saver Standard 2016

Three is the magic number as the University is awarded triple gold standard in carbon, waste and water reductions

The University is audited by the Carbon Saver accreditation body ever other year and has previously been honoured with high scores over 90% and a 5-star rating in carbon reduction. For the first time, we have now also achieved Carbon Saver Standard for water and waste. This is a clear indication of the hard work and effort taken to accomplish this and represents an excellent baseline for us to strive to meet new targets in the future.3 gold.png

Reduction in numbers...

Carbon and energy 7.3%

Water 6.8%

Waste 4.3%

 

These reductions demonstrate we are learning to manage our resources in an increasingly sustainable manner, but how are we doing it?

    Keeping an eye on data

Systems such as DATABIRD gives an automatic meter reading that feeds consumption data to a central logger and eliminates the need to take manual readings.

    Acting on information: Paper towels vs hand dryer

We realised that using paper towels instead of an energy hungry hand dryer was more energy efficient. We use recycled paper for our towels and they are incinerated on site after use.

    Waste not...

More energy focused on collecting waste for recycling, composting and anaerobic digestion. This means a whole lot less is being sent to landfill.

    'Charging' more

The University has invested in electric vehicles that transport waste from the main campus to waste compound at Putney road. This means lower carbon emissions with fewer visits made to pick up individual bins from departments - now restricted to once a week.

    Sainsbury's water saving partnership

Sainsbury's has a water neutral store in Leicester that now uses 15.5 million less litres per year than it would have in 2005/06 and our partnership with them saves enough water to meet the average supply of 100 homes annually.

Take a look at some of our other Carbon and Energy Projects

See our Certificates of Achievement for Carbon, Waste and Water

 

Combined Heat and Power with District Energy Scheme

Combined heat and power (CHP) integrates production of usable heat and power (electricity) in one single and highly efficient process. This means a lot less valuable heat is wasted that can instead be used for power. The  University joined in the District Heating Scheme in 2012, which works by sharing a network of hot water to heat homes across the local community, meaning we can significantly reduce our CO2 emissions by using renewable heat.

CHP diagram

 

See our Carbon Saver standard report from 2012

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