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Enhancing Energy Efficiency: Current Initiatives

In our ongoing commitment to reducing energy consumption at the university, we're actively engaged in a number of initiatives aimed at fostering a culture of responsibility and sustainability.

Here's a snapshot of what we're doing:

LED Lighting

In the academic year 2023/24, we're implementing a targeted project to replace fluorescent light fittings with more energy-efficient LED alternatives across various areas on campus, both indoors and outdoors.

Photovoltaic systems

The University has already installed solar panel systems across campus, generating an expected 219,000 kWh of solar energy annually. These include installations like the ground-mounted solar array at the ISA building and the recently installed roof-mounted PV system on the WACL building. We're also actively identifying additional suitable locations for further installations.

Powering down equipment

We’re currently rolling out a process to power down equipment in our PC classrooms when they’re not being used.

Already estimated to have saved 18.8 tonnes of CO2 and over £25,000 in electricity costs. Sensors are also set up in approximately 300 teaching rooms to automatically turn off equipment in spaces which aren’t being used.

Power consumption across our data centres

We've reduced the amount of power used across our main campus data centres by 12.6% (data centres are physical locations where we store all our computer systems and IT infrastructure).

Print reduction

The number of multi-function printers on campus has been reduced by 40%. By also encouraging staff and students to print less and use alternatives to printing where possible, the project is estimated to be saving 3.03 tonnes of CO2e per year.

Green Impact

This initiative offers practical and innovative ideas for teams across departments to adopt. Currently, 39 teams have signed up voluntarily, demonstrating a growing interest in sustainability within our organisation.

Green Impact

Student Switch Off

Through this program, we're raising awareness among students about energy conservation, encouraging our community to embrace energy-saving habits.

Student Switch Off

Departmental Sustainability and Carbon Groups

Departments like Biology and Chemistry have established groups dedicated to integrating sustainable practices into daily operations, contributing to cost reduction and environmental conservation.

Training Initiatives

Education plays a crucial role in driving lasting change. We offer free training programs like Carbon Literacy and Climate Fresk courses for staff and students to empower our community with the knowledge and skills needed to make informed decisions about energy usage.

Climate Fresk

Carbon Literacy

A sustainable future

These initiatives represent our ongoing efforts to enhance energy efficiency, reduce costs, and contribute to a sustainable future for our university community.