Successful 22% drop in absolute University carbon emissions

Posted by chj6 at Apr 12, 2017 11:20 AM |
Estates have reported a significant 22% drop in the amount of carbon dioxide produced in 2015-16 by the University, since 2004-05.

This success can be attributed to the energy-saving actions of students and staff, together with the hard work of the Energy and Carbon Team in Estates.

Over the last decade many improvements have been made to lower the University's carbon footprint and to become a leading institution in the battle against climate change. In 2015-16 carbon emissions were 12% lower than the previous year.

Carbon Emissions Graph

How?

Donna2Current projects to save energy have an annual cost saving of nearly £52,000 and 303 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

This is equivalent to lighting a 13-watt fluorescent lightbulb for 2,663 years continuously, or driving the average car for 491 days non-stop.

Projects included:

  • Switching fluorescent lights to LED in a number of rooms across campus, and identifying the potential for LED external lighting
  • Replacing an inefficient water heater in the Fraser Noble with a newer, more efficient unit
  • Installing electric vehicle charging points and dedicated parking bays
  • Insulating plant-growth rooms to reduce energy wastage
  • Working with students to upgrade lighting in the Henry Wellcome Building

For more details, you can visit the projects page here.

What's next?

Estates are making huge strides in reducing the amount of energy necessary to run the University. However every student and staff member has an important role to play to reduce the amount of unnecessary energy consumed. This includes:

  1. The little actions: Check our top tips for daily life at University, whether staff or student. With over 20,000 people on campus, every small energy-saving adds up!
  2. The big potentials: Noticed room for improvement? Got an Estates project idea? Send us your energy saving ideas using our feedback form. Your idea could be funded and then implemented by our Estates team. For information on the status of previous staff-suggestions, visit our page here.
  3. The leaders: Join our Positive Impact Network3 gold to take a lead role in supporting our sustainability goals and driving positive change.
  4. The inspirers: Encourage students to volunteer. Students have already shown wonderful innovation and contributed to energy reduction in numerous ways, from identifying energy improvements, to planting trees, to dissertation research.

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