“Since commencing our Carbon Management Plan in 2010, Staffordshire University has invested heavily in energy saving technology to help us achieve carbon reduction targets.”
Phil Patrick, Energy Manager at Staffordshire Unviersity
Staffordshire University is among the top 10 universities recognised for reducing carbon emissions in the University Carbon League Tables.
From 2005 to 2015/16 Staffordshire University's total carbon emissions fell by 48% and it is the 6th best performing university in the University Carbon Report.
Energy Manager Phil Patrick said: “Since commencing our Carbon Management Plan in 2010, Staffordshire University has invested heavily in energy saving technology to help us achieve carbon reduction targets.”
Improvements include transformer upgrades, lighting technology and control replacements, computer power down management, Building Management Systems, cavity wall and loft insulation, draft proofing and solar photovoltaic electricity.
The University has also taken part in the National Union of Students' energy saving campaign Student Switch-Off.
“These actions have resulted in an overall reduction in CO2 emissions of 46% since 2010, surpassing our original target of 43%, two years ahead of schedule. This is a tremendous effort and reflects the University’s green credentials.” Phil explained.
The University Carbon Report, published by sustainability consultancy Brite Green, shows that universities in England have achieved their best year-on-year reduction in carbon emissions to date. Total emissions for English universities fell by 7 per cent in the 2015/16 academic year, in comparison to a 10 per cent reduction over the previous 10 years.
Darren Chadwick, Managing Partner at Brite Green, commented: “Sustainability is a key strategic issue for Universities and leading institutions recognise that it needs to be managed across all aspects of university life; from teaching and research to investment strategy and estates management.”
However, the report reveals that despite improved performance, the sector remains off track to meet its 2020 carbon reduction target of 43 per cent. If emissions continue to fall at the current rate, the sector is forecast to achieve only a 23 per cent reduction by 2020.
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