The management of energy consumption and carbon emissions are arguably the two most important issues currently affecting Lancaster University, if it is to address the twin challenges of climate change and resource depletion. An effective response to these issues is essential in order for Lancaster University to operate in a sustainable manner. Currently Lancaster University's operations and activities use significant quantities of energy and other non-renewable resources and result in significant carbon emissions which contribute to climate change.
So what is the University doing to address these issues? There are a number of methods being looked at, including:
ISS Energy Saving Tips
ISS have produced a Green Information Communications Technology (ICT) policy and procedures to help reduce energy consumption, improve efficiency and reduce the carbon footprint associated with ICT operations.
ISS's policy and procedures for computer use on campus can be accessed here. These procedures provide guidance for staff and students on reducing the energy use of computers including when computers should be powered down and use of automatic powerdowns for peripherals.
ISS's policy and strategy for reducing institutional energy use through improved use of ICT equipment can be accessed here.
Energy and Carbon Management Policy
Lancaster University has developed an Energy and Carbon Management Policy in order to set out its principles for addressing energy and carbon management issues.
Energy & Carbon Management Strategy
Lancaster University's Energy and Carbon Management Strategy incorporates new and existing plans and projects into an overall strategy for Energy and Carbon Management. The key elements of the plan are detailed below.
Carbon Management Plan
This strategic document will set out Lancaster University's plan to manage and reduce its carbon emissions in future years. The Carbon Management Plan has been developed as part of the 2008/2009 Higher Education Carbon Management Programme (HECMP) process in which Lancaster University has participated. The purpose of the HECMP is to assist Lancaster University in understanding and reducing its carbon emissions. A large number of carbon and energy saving projects have been identified and prioritised as part of the HECMP process.
The Carbon Management Plan will collate these projects and their potential carbon savings, the University carbon footprint, and details what carbon emission targets could be achieved from implementing the projects.
A Carbon Footprint Report of Lancaster University was completed in January 2009. The report produced a comprehensive analysis and breakdown of the carbon footprint of Lancaster University's operations and activities. The main breakdown of the carbon footprint is presented on the chart below.
Lancaster University's Carbon Footprint (Greenhouse Gases Footprint) of 71,700 tonnes CO2e. Comprising utilities (46%), transport (29%) and procurement of supplies and services (25%).
Sustainable Energy Strategy
The Sustainable Energy Strategy forms part of the University's Infrastructure Masterplan. It details how the University proposes to transform its electricity and heat generation systems on site over the next few years. The key elements of the Sustainable Energy Strategy are as follows:
- Replacement of the existing Combined Heat and Power (CHP) gas turbine (which has reached the end of its life) with one or two new high efficiency CHP gas engines
- Replacement of the four original 1960's heat boilers with up to four high efficiency gas fired boilers
- Installation of a high efficiency wood-fired biomass boiler
- Assessment of the feasibility of the installation of renewable generation technologies
- Upgrading and improving the efficiency of the University's central heat distribution network.
The planned works will significantly improve the efficiency of the heat and electricity generation plant and will result in a major reduction in carbon emissions. The Infrastructure Masterplan can be viewed in full here.
Good metering data for utilities is essential in order to understand in detail where water, electricity, gas and hot water are being used across campus. The purpose of the metering project is to install electronic pulse meters for all utilities in all major buildings across the University. The University will then have access to real time data on utility use, which will enable it to pinpoint areas where there is nomalously high demand and respond as necessary.
Lancaster University is determined to improve the energy efficiency of its operations and its activities. In order to do this an Energy Manager has recently been appointed and has been tasked with implementing energy efficiency projects across campus. The University has set the following challenging energy and utility targets to be met through the energy efficiency projects:
- A 10% reduction in electricity consumption for 2008/2009 compared to 2007/2008
- A 10% reduction in gas consumption for 2008/2009 compared to 2007/2008
- A 10% reduction in water consumption for 2008/2009 compared to 2007/2008
These targets are being achieved through optimisation of building management systems and implementation of a variety of energy efficiency projects identified by the Energy Manager and through the HECMP process.
Energy Efficiency and Carbon Saving Suggestions
If you have got an energy or carbon saving proposal or suggestion we would be delighted to hear it. Please email your suggestion to one of the contact listed below. We will assess all proposals and will let you know if we are able to implement it. There will be prizes for the proposals we are able to implement which save the most energy or carbon emissions. A list of the ideas we have received which we are planning to implement will be posted here every three months.
Would you like to be involved in energy efficiency or other environmental/sustainability projects? If so, please contact Mark Taylor (Green Lancaster Manager) or (Jonathan Mills, Environment and Sustainability) 01524 592789.
Energy & Carbon Management Contacts
The energy and carbon management team comprises the following people:
Jonathan Mills, Environment & Sustainability Manager
Mike Sheppard, Head of Infrastructure
Mark Taylor, Manager, GreenLancaster