Green Gown shortlisting for smashing our 35% carbon target!

Our achievements in meeting our 35% carbon reduction target have been recognised with a shortlisting in the Carbon Reduction category of the EAUC's Green Gown Awards, which recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges across the UK. Since 2011, we have reduced our annual carbon emissions from 44,000 tCO2 to just over 28,500 tCO2, making us the leader amongst research-intensive universities for delivering sustained reductions in our emissions.*  Our wide-ranging programme has delivered over £17 million of financial savings for the University, whilst delivering more efficiency buildings, improving building comfort and upgrading science laboratory facilities. Sir David Bell, University of Reading Vice-Chancellor, said “We are delighted to be nominated for a Green Gown Award again this year, in recognition of our significant achievements in reducing the carbon emissions from our operations. This further reinforces the commitment of the University to sustainability as well as our ability to deliver all that we have promised.” Watch our short video highlighting our...
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University wins funding for design of energy efficient RUSU refurbishment

We have successfully been awarded funding by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB)’s Innovative Refurbishment Programme for energy efficiency improvements in the Students’ Union (RUSU).  Our bid was a joint effort in partnership with Carnego Systems Ltd, LCMB Ltd and Nottingham Trent University, with a focus on energy reductions through intelligent building controls and performance software, combined with engagement of building users. Initially, we have secured funding for a design and evaluation phase, alongside receiving advice from TSB on how to better optimise the existing building controls.  We will be working hard to develop a full design proposal during the coming phase for further approval by TSB, in order to implement some exciting improvements for RUSU’s energy make over.  The bid has been a combined collaboration between the Estates & Facilities Department and the School of Construction Management and Engineering.  It will provide a great opportunity for the University to showcase its carbon reduction credentials and has been supported by the Association of...
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Updated Carbon Management Plan

In our first year of our 35% carbon reduction target, we achieved a 10% reduction in our carbon emissions, through investing in range of energy saving technologies from insulation to solar panels, and through running a series of behavioural change initiatives.  You can read a more detailed analysis of our achievements to date, along with details of the projects we've got lined up in the coming year, in our Carbon Management Update. We will be bringing you news of our further progress to the end of 2011/12 in the coming weeks....
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HumSS and URS Flat Roof Insulation

On Tuesday July 24, a new roof for the HumSS tower was lifted into place. The replacement of the roof has given us a golden opportunity to install roof insulation to current new building standards. Significant amounts of energy can be saved by reducing heat loss from poorly insulated buildings. This installation, along with the window draught proofing that is almost complete in the whole building (HumSS has a lot of windows!) and planned cavity wall insulation, will contribute to significantly improving the insulation of the HumSS building. Similar roof insulation is also currently being installed in the URS building, and together the roof insulation and draught proofing is expected to reduce the carbon footprint of the two buildings by 136 tonnes of CO2 per year and save the university over £20,000 per year....
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