ISO50001

The University has become one of just a handful of universities in the UK to achieve certification to the international ISO50001 Energy Management standard.

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 then Sustainability Team. 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 35% by July 2016 remains achievable, and that the University continues to build on the 26% reduction in its carbon footprint achieved to date.

A major focus for energy efficiency investment this year is in the University's science buildings. Recently completed investment grade surveys have highlighted some good opportunities for investing on short payback energy efficiency improvements, while contractors have now been appointed for the planned £1 million efficiency overhaul to the University's fume cupboards.

Meanwhile, the new district heating system is providing efficient heat to 9 buildings on the Whiteknights campus, with a further 7 buildings due to be added this summer. In combination, this project is anticipated to cut a further 1,200 tCO2 from the University's carbon footprint annually and cut annual energy bills by £250,000.

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.

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