Appendices Environmental Report 2018-19

1 - Carbon Management Scope 2 - Carbon+Water projects 2018-19 and 2019-20 3 - Emissions+energy breakdown vs baseline and last year 4 - Additional out of scope emissions 5 - Avoided emissions through renewable generation 6 - Waste management actions and projects 7 - Travel Plan Annual Report 2018-19
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Going green in 2019

As 2019 begins, we take a look at our plans for delivering environmental sustainability at the University this coming year. Where we are 2018 was our most successful year yet sustainability-wise, with major reductions in waste production and water consumption and increases in sustainable travel levels. For an interactive look back, view our Annual Sustainability Report. Where we’re going Continuous improvement is a key part of strong environmental management, and 2019 promises to be no exception. Energy hack We are developing plans for our first ever ‘Energy Hack’, building on the success of previous Blackout events to reduce energy consumption in…
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Key Staff and Committees

Robert Van de Noort, Vice-Chancellor University Executive Board Robert Van de Noort studied History at the University of Utrecht and Archaeology at the University of Amsterdam. Before joining the University of Reading in 2014, he worked at the British School in Rome (1988-89), the Rotterdam Archaeology Unit (1989-1991), the University of Hull (1992-2000) and the University of Exeter (2000-14), where latterly he was Dean of the College of Social Sciences and International Studies. Robert is best known for his research into the archaeology of marine, intertidal and terrestrial wetlands, especially around the North Sea Basin. He directed multi-organisational fieldwork projects…
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Environmental Management System

The University has implemented an Environmental Management System (EMS) which covers all three of its main campuses; Whiteknights and London Road campuses in Reading and Greenlands campus in Henley. The EMS aims to reduce the environmental impacts of the University's activities by using the structured EMS framework based on continual improvement and embedding sustainability into key business processes.  The Environmental Management System has been certified to the internationally recognised ISO14001:2015 standard. The intended outcomes of the University’s Environmental Management System are: 1) To protect the environment by preventing or mitigating adverse environmental impacts; 2) To enhance the University’s environmental performance; 3) To maintain compliance with environmental legislation and other…
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About us

Here at the University of Reading we are very proud of what we have achieved and continue to work hard to improve the environmental performance of the university.  We do this by investing in environmentally conscious building design, energy efficiency measures, diverting waste from landfill, encouraging the use of sustainable transport and raising environmental awareness.The University has an experienced and committed team of people who work hard to ensure that we are doing all we can to minimise our environmental impact.
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Why meeting our carbon target matters and how we can achieve it

  Opinion: Dan Fernbank, Energy Manager  Back in 2011, the University committed to reducing its carbon emissions by 35% by July 2016; one of the most ambitious targets set amongst our peers over the timescale.  For very many reasons, meeting that target matters. We have invested over £3 million in energy efficiency initiatives since 2011; already returning almost £10 million in cumulative financial savings.  In a period when the funding model for universities has fundamentally shifted, savings of this size make an important contribution to the university remaining financially as well as environmentally sustainable.  Both the investment and savings to…
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Latest carbon reduction projects underway

Here’s our latest carbon reduction project news.  Lighting improvements We’ve been investing in lots more energy efficient lighting, with improvements in 3 of the SAGES (School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science) buildings now pretty much complete.  As well as more modern, efficient light fittings, intelligent sensors have been installed to make sure the lights dim/turn off when there is either sufficient daylight, or no one is present.  Further lighting work is shortly due to begin in the Maths & IT building and the Harborne building and our thanks go to the Green Impact teams in both buildings, who highlighted…
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University awarded £500,000 of energy efficiency funding

The University has been successful in a £500,000 bid for energy efficiency funding to HEFCE’s Revolving Green Fund.  This funding is a major boost to reaching our 35% carbon reduction target by 2016, and will be invested in a wide range of projects over the next 15 months.  Planned projects include: Expanding our energy metering in key buildings right across the estate, to increase our understanding of how buildings are performing Continuing our programme of upgrading inefficient lighting and installing lighting sensors where appropriate Investigating the suitability of LED street lighting and subsequent installations Surveying Whiteknights’ campus buildings to identify…
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