1.Why Bother? 2.Background 3.Corporate Objectives 4.Technical and Strategic Projects 5.How staff can make a difference 6.How students can make a difference 7.Questions? 8.?
Why Bother? 1.Climate Change Act 2008 targets adopted by HE sector 2.Government have stated that HE should set the example for the private and public sectors 3.Inevitable that future funding will be linked to environmental performance 4.Reputation - increasingly important to students and business partners 5.Operating Costs!
Challenges Over 3,500 staff 24/ 7 operation Spread across over 250 Buildings – 98 listed Russell Group University - Research intensive Growing and expanding Staff awareness and attitudes
2008/09 ‘Footprint’ The University produces 28,430 tonnes of carbon emissions each year
Translated to Energy Costs? Overall energy costs £6.5 million Electricity costs £3.8 million What does it cost to run your home = Lanyon = College Park = Data Centres = CCRCB = £77 £44 £1,210 £442 £2.50/day
Corporate Objectives and Vision To grow an efficient, effective and sustainable enterprise Low Carbon Vision for Queen’s: ‘The University will endeavour to be a low carbon organisation, by reducing our carbon emissions and providing a high quality and sustainable working and learning environment for students and staff.’ 21% Reduction in the University’s Carbon Emissions by 2020 - 6,000t (Changing behaviour = 1,706t) CONTROL OPERATING COSTS!!!!!
Influencing Senior Manager’s Take ownership at a strategic level Set environmental objectives at management level Empower key staff with a clear remit to deliver Progress reported direct to Head of School/Director Work with Estates on technical and behaviour change projects
Targets for Operational Units Address out of hours consumption All OUs have been set targets to reduce electricity consumption
Progress so far! 2012 – 2013 Up to 14.5% Reduction in some areas Overall 3.27% Reduction 2013 - 2014 so Far -2.65% reduction in Quarter 1
Progress over 2012/13 months: Electrical Consumption: Registrar’s office – 14.5% Vice Chancellor’s Office – 13.6% GAP– 13.58% SU – 11.12% Dean’s Office (Medicine, Health and Life Sciences- 4%
Engaging with Staff Staff Survey – behaviours and attitudes One Stop Shop for Carbon info - Carbon Management Website Low Carbon Brand Network of Environmental Champions Green Impact Scheme Key awareness events throughout the year
Staff Attitudes to the Environment and Climate Change 69% interested or very interested in reducing carbon emissions in the University. 75% of participants indicated that they believed in global warming Recognised need to combined action of institutions and individuals ‘Forgetfulness’ - greatest obstacle Inability to turn off equipment – also an obstacle
Calendar of Events Green Week – November – Promotion of energy, waste, travel, purchasing Climate Week – March Bike to Work Week – June – Final of the QUB Cycle Challenge – Bike Workshops
Changes in day to day actions 6% by 2020 through changes in our day to day behaviour E.g. – Switching of equipment – Switching of lights – Reducing waste and recycling – Purchasing ‘energy efficient’ equipment
More information www.qub.ac.uk/carbon Contact: Sara Lynch– Environmental Manager email@example.com@qub.ac.uk 1198 Elaine Curley – Environmental Assistant firstname.lastname@example.org@qub.ac.uk 1115