Estates Directorate

Environmental and Energy Awareness

One of the main commitments of the University's Environmental Policy is to increase awareness of environmental responsibilities among staff and students.

The University's Environmental Policy (updated 2014) can be accessed here: Environmental Policy

A short PowerPoint presentation on Environmental and Energy Awareness can be accessed from the link below:

Environmental and Energy Awareness Presentation

Energy Conservation

Last year, the University consumed over 73,000,000 kWh of energy at a cost of over £2.9M. This cost is expected to increase considerably this year due to higher unit prices for both gas and electricity.

Electricity equates for approximately 34% of total consumption but accounts for 59% of total emissions and 72% of total energy cost.

The Government estimates that in most institutions 10-20% of energy used is wasted.

Following a comprehensive energy audit within the University, it has been discovered that 50% of total electricity consumption within the University occurs outside normal working hours.

For example;

  • On a typical weekend, electricity consumed would be enough to continuously run 750 electric heaters
  • On Christmas Day 2004, the electricity consumed was enough to continuously run 500 electric heaters

It is estimated that the out of hours consumption can be reduced by up to 30% by simply switching off equipment when it is not required.

It should not be assumed that it is someone else's responsibility to conserve energy and protect the environment, IT IS EVERYONE'S!!

We need your help to reduce the University’s impact on the environment!

The biggest factor in reducing energy consumption is YOU, the building user.  Many of the things you can do are simple and obvious.

So how can you ‘do your bit’?

  • Enable the power down features on your PC - Screen savers do not save energy.  Switch off your PC monitor when you are not using it, for example when you go to meetings or for lunch.  A monitor uses about two-thirds of a PCs total electricity. If left on overnight wastes enough energy to laser print 800 A4 pages
  • Switch office equipment off at night. A photocopier left on overnight uses enough energy to make 5,300 photocopies
  • Switch off research/ lab equipment when not in use
  • Switch off lights if you are leaving the room for longer than 15 minutes - it is a myth that it is cheaper to leave fluorescent lights on than to switch them off
  • Switch off lights when you go home - lighting an empty office overnight wastes enough energy to heat water for 1000 cups of coffee
  • Maximise the use of natural daylight and switch off lights when daylight is adequate
  • Close windows, especially at the end of each day.  A window left open overnight wastes enough energy to drive a small car 35 miles
  • Thermostatic radiator valves, where fitted, should be set to a mid position and not left in the fully open position

Individually, by undertaking these simple practices, small savings can be made which will add up collectively to large savings in energy use.