Why is energy and carbon management so important?
Climate change is the greatest environmental challenge facing the world today. The overwhelming weight of scientific opinion has linked climate change to increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide levels arising from human activity.
All organisations that contribute to the UK’s carbon emissions levels have both a statutory obligation and moral responsibility to reduce emissions. Higher education institutions are traditionally energy-intensive and the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s (HEFCE) Carbon Reduction Strategy has challenged the sector to meet targets that exceed statutory milestones.
Liverpool John Moores University is committed to the pursuit of these targets and fully recognise that meeting them will be demanding and will require difficult choices to be made. By responding positively we will continue to reduce our environmental impact, carbon emissions and energy bills (which currently stand at over £3 million a year). Savings from cutting our energy bills will be reinvested into the University to support teaching, broaden access, compliment research and improve campus facilities. With your help, we will continue to make a real contribution to the fight against climate change.
What you can do
Some ways that you can help conserve energy.
- Switch off lights and electrical equipment when not in use
- Switch off your monitor when you've finished using your computer (leave your base unit on)
- Be wise with blinds: glass buildings can be cooled by closing blinds or conversely warmed by opening them (if using natural light remember to turn off electric lights so you can save even more energy)
- Report faulty heating/air conditioning/ventilation controls/leaks to Estate Management Helpdesk
- Close windows to conserve heat and dress for the weather – unnecessary use of heating or air conditioning can be a huge drain on energy bills
- Take advantage of telephone/web conferencing to save on work travel
- Try cycling or walking to the University once a week, this will make a real difference to emissions
- If you really depend on a car, offer to share the journey with a colleague – you’ll half your emissions, save money and get to have a chat.
How we are reducing our carbon emissions
We are striving towards becoming a low carbon university by initiating energy efficiency investments and promoting cultural change across the institution. We are committed to reducing our year-on-year carbon emissions and we have made significant progress towards our goals.
The University’s carbon reduction target was to achieve 43% reduction by 2020 from a 2005/2006 baseline of 15,067 tonnes. We reached this 2020 target ahead of schedule in 2017/18.
LJMU will aspire to meet both sector and national emissions targets through improvements in building utilisation (reducing demand for utilities) and ensuring that all our capital and refurbishment schemes contain the most energy efficient and sustainable equipment options.
To meet our goal of reducing emissions these are a few of our projects and initiatives in the pipeline:
- Working to better understand trending fault/maintenance issues that have sustainability implications
- Working to consolidate teaching and learning to ensure efficient space utilisation and optimised energy use
- Engaging with beneficial partnership opportunities and with key stakeholders in and around the University
- Publication of a new Green Travel Plan
- Identifying sources of external funding to drive investment in on-site low carbon/renewable energy generation
- Infrastructural improvements to heating and lighting through planned refurbishment programmes
- Using eSight Energy analysis and reports to identify excessive energy usage