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 our buildings. We will be focussing on a number of buildings across the estate, engaging students and staff to work with us to improve the efficiency of their study and work environments, and have some fun along the way! Solar expansion Following a doubling of our solar panel installations in 2018, we plan yet more installations, at our Thames Valley Science Park, London Road campus and the Museum...
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Key Staff and Committees

Robert Van de Noort, Vice-Chancellor Environmental Sponsor, University Executive Board   Janis Pich Director of Estates   Dan Fernbank Energy and Sustainability Manager Dan has been Energy & Sustainability Manager at the University since 2011, leading their estate-wide sustainability programmes, delivering a 41% cut in their carbon emissions and 29% cut in their water consumption; saving in excess of £30 million in the process.  He is also a voluntary Director for Reading Community Energy Society, which to date has installed over 400 kWp of community-funded solar PV in and around Reading. Dan is a registered Practitioner in Managing Successful Programmes (MSP), is an Associate Member with the Energy Institute (AMEI) and in 2014 completed a first class honours Environmental Studies BSc through the Open University. “The University has long been a leader in teaching and research into a more sustainable future. We are proud to be leading by example too in delivering a more sustainable, low carbon estate through the implementation of our Sustainability programmes”   Anna Glue Sustainability Officer Anna joined the...
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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 non-legal obligations This will be achieved by setting objectives, identifying risks and opportunities, implementing policy and defining strategies, ensuring pollution prevention measures are in place, training, communication, embedding a commitment to improving environmental performance and monitoring progress by internal audits and management reviews. What is included (Scope of EMS): The University's EMS covers the Whiteknights, London Road and Greenlands campuses, for all activities and services under the management control of...
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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 date also fall very much in line with the original expectations of our carbon management programme; and demonstrate we developed and maintained a well-founded programme of work. We developed our carbon management programme in the context of some ambitious targets set by HEFCE (the Higher Education Funding Council for England) for the entire sector; to deliver 43% sector-wide carbon reductions by 2020.  As recent...
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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 the opportunities for improvements to us originally.  The combination of all these lighting improvements is expected to save £22,000 and 90 tCO2 each year.  Metering Another important project also underway is the installation of improved energy and water metering around the Whiteknights campus, to help us measure how efficiency each building is performing and identify opportunities for further improvement.  This £250,000 project is the...
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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 those suitable for cavity wall insulation and subsequently installing the insulation where appropriate Installing additional heating controls to areas of Park House catering facilities Installing a building control system in a large tenanted property The Revolving Green Fund is open to all higher education institutions in England and the £500,000 award is a significant proportion of their overall energy efficiency funding...
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