Energy Management System

The University was one of the first universities in the UK to achieve certification to the international ISO50001 Energy Management standard (EnMS).

The standard sets strict guidelines for how energy consumption is managed throughout the University's operations; providing a framework to ensure energy is effectively managed for the long term. The certification covers Whiteknights, London Road and Henley Business School Greenlands campuses. It is important that all staff, students and suppliers adhere to the Energy Management System so we can ensure we manage our energy impacts effectively. This will reduce our environmental impact as a University and will ensure carbon emissions and energy spend are kept to a minimum.

Everyone at the University, including people working on behalf of the University, have an important role to play. This may mean switching equipment off when you have finished using it, purchasing energy efficient equipment or operating in an energy efficient manner. If you are unsure of your role, then email Sustainability Services. If the EnMS is not followed then there is potential for energy wastage and the University may not meet its carbon reduction targets.

A key part of achieving this certification has been an estate-wide review of energy consumption and energy saving opportunities, to develop a prioritised programme of work to reduce the University's energy use and carbon emissions. This is helping ensure the University's ambitious plans to reduce its carbon emissions by 45% by 2021 remains achievable, and that the University continues to build on the 35% reduction in its carbon footprint achieved to date.

2016/17 and 2017/18 projects are focussing on:

  • Upgrading large motors on ventilation systems to new, energy efficient models
  • Extending our Whiteknights district heating network to further buildings
  • Continuing to expand our building sub-metering

We encourage all staff, students and anyone working on behalf of the University to make suggestions on how we can improve energy management at the University. To get involved or make suggestions please email sustainability@reading.ac.uk.