Energy and carbon
Whether we want warmth, light or power we need energy. Energy is produced by burning fossil fuels (coal, gas and oil):a process which gives off 'greenhouse' gases. Increasing levels of these greenhouse gases contribute to climate change and there is growing consensus that climate change is becoming the greatest threat to our environment.
Using energy intelligently has several important benefits, including:
- saving money
- reducing carbon dioxide emissions (the main gas involved in global warming)
- reducing the need for new power stations and energy infrastructure
- reducing our reliance on imported oil and gas.
To get started have a look at these energy saving posters; Students
We've developed a Carbon Management Plan in conjunction with the Carbon Trust, which outlines how we will reduce our carbon emissions.
Our 2005/6 emissions form the baseline for the Carbon Management Plan; subsequently all reductions are measured against this year.
We've already undertaken some projects. These include:
- purchasing energy efficient computers
- replacing inefficient lighting and installing motion sensors to control lighting
- expanding the Building Management System and metering to better control and monitor utilities use
- improving recycling facilities on campus
- working with the Students' Union to reduce electricity consumption and raise awareness about environmental issues.
If you are interested in getting involved, get in contact with the Sustainability Team or follow us on Facebook.