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Energy management

Staffordshire University have measured and reported our carbon scope 1 and 2 since 2005 (EMR), and are currently reviewing our current emissions levels (scope 1 and 2) and realigning our targets to better represent the University’s current estate.

Becoming a Sustainable University

Comprising three very different campuses and a variety of buildings both new and old. Staffordshire University has a lot to consider when managing its carbon footprint.  

However, we are committed to keeping our environmental impact to a minimum. Our carbon targets help us to manage impacts throughout the university.

Energy Management on campus 

Our energy use is monitored and managed by our Estates and Commercial Services team across our campus. Energy use (gas and electricity) is monitored monthly. We currently purchase our electricity and gas from some renewable sources, reducing our reliance on fossil fuels.

We are in the process removing manual light switches in the majority of our buildings and moving to Passive Infra-Red (PIR) sensors, which are motion sensor unit, after 5 minutes of little or no activity in the room, the lights will be switched off. We plan to have all buildings (in compliance with Health and Safety and other requirements) moved to the PIR system within the next two years.

Combined Heat and Power Unit

In some of our buildings, we operate a Combined Heat and Power Unit (CHP), CHP is an energy efficient technology that generates electricity and captures the heat that would otherwise be wasted to provide useful thermal energy  - such as steam or hot water  - that can be used for space heating, cooling, domestic hot water and industrial processes.

Low Energy equipment on campus 

The university is constantly for ways to improve the energy efficiency of the equipment which is used on campus, we replace and update items such as light fittings, hand driers heating units and other electrical items with more energy efficient models as part our planned maintenance.

Over the past year (2020) we have replaced over 350 non-LED light fittings with more energy efficient LED fittings, this aims to reduces the university’s energy use within existing buildings, and we have chosen not to replace like for like.

We have replaced over 12 existing hand driers with more energy efficient units, choosing more energy efficient models.

Our engineers constantly review all electrical equipment which is installed on campus and investigate the viability of increased energy efficient products (academic and residential items) including:

  • Showers
  • Electrical cookers
  • Kitchen Water Boilers
  • Wall Heaters
  • Hand Driers
  • Washing Machines
  • Tumble Driers
  • Fridges and Freezers

As part of our larger refurbishments projects, our engineers specify products which must be used, which include LED light fittings only, PIR sensors, low energy heating and cooling systems.

Renewable Energy on campus

We will be looking to increase our solar PV network/ infrastructure on all new builds, where possible.

Energy Efficiency of Buildings

All of the university’s buildings are rated for their energy efficiency and ranked using the Display Energy Certificate rating system. These are then placed in each building.