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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Sustainable university living

I’ve escaped from my desk to come and sit in Park Eat café/bar to write this article. Immediately I arrive, I’m confronted with an environmental dilemma. I’ve brought my Sustain It mug (of course!) for a cup of tea, but realise I can’t get any milk out of the machine because my cup isn’t chipped. The catering staff offer to put some milk in a paper cup. I insist I don’t want a paper cup and they insist it’s no bother. How should I respond? Back down politely and take the cup, or stick to my green guns and insist…
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Climate Strike

Climate Strike The 30-minute walkout on the 20th of September at 10am is in solidarity with school strikers around the world, whose Friday strikes have pushed climate action to the forefront of global attention. The pledge button will only go live at 10am for the Climate Strike it has now been deactivated Down tools in support of climate strikes The University is supporting a half hour strike by colleagues in support of climate action on Friday, 20 September at 10am for 30 minutes. The 30-minute walkout is in solidarity with school strikers around the world, whose Friday strikes have pushed…
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Reading retains 1st Class Award in People & Planet Green League

The University has again been awarded a ‘1st Class’ rating in the latest People & Planet Green League for its environmental and ethical performance, ranking 28th out of 154 institutions in the scheme. People & Planet, an independent student campaigning network, reviews the environmental performance of higher education institutions across the UK in 13 topic areas.  They award degree-style classifications for their overall environmental and ethical performance, based on publically available data, both from institutions’ own websites and Higher Education Statistics Agency data. Reading scored top marks for its environmental management and auditing systems.  It also performed well in the Policy,…
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Winter is coming…

The Sustainability Team would like you to grant us our small wish, before leaving your offices - please can you switch off your equipment, lights, and anything consuming power? Help save energy when it is most important During the long, dark, cold afternoons of the winter months, national electricity consumption can be exceptionally high. In order to meet this high demand across the UK it is necessary to use less efficient, more dirty, and more expensive power generation such as coal - sounds unpleasant, but nobody wants a blackout! In the highest half-hourly periods through the winter, electricity can be…
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Carbon Management Projects

Here is a selection of the type of projects we undertake to ensure we meet our carbon reduction commitments. Hover over a photo to read about what we're doing. If you would like additional information on any of the projects below, or a more comprehensive list of all our projects, do feel free to email us. Fume Cupboard Energy Efficiency Video  
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Energy & Water

We source 100% of our electricity from REGO (Renewable Energy Guarantee of Origin) certified sources.  Explore more here:
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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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Compare buildings

The University spends nearly £3 million each year on electricity. Use the dashboards below to explore where it all goes and compare the consumption and efficiency of different buildings. How do the buildings you use perform? Select a date range and scroll down through the buildings to compare their electricity use per square meter. Click on a segment of the pie to compare similar buildings. Any questions? Email us. Use the dashboard below to compare the electricity consumption of different Halls  Any questions? Email us. Investigate buildings' overnight baselines and see how your building is doing compared to its target here.
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