Award shortlist recognises Cardiff Met’s leading approach to sustainable development 

06/09/2012 12:25 

 

Cardiff Metropolitan University is leading the way amongst Welsh higher education establishments in its approach to energy management and carbon reduction; and has been shortlisted in the Times Higher Education Awards 2012 in the Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development category.

The award seeks to recognise and reward institutions or departments that demonstrate an imaginative and joined-up approach to the social, environmental and economic dimensions of sustainable development.

As part of a five year programme to address energy management, Cardiff Met is on track to make savings on utilities of over £1million. It has already achieved savings of £330k through a 12 percent reduction in electricity, five percent reduction in gas and 18 percent in water in the last three years.

The University launched its energy management programme after an energy efficiency survey co-funded by Carbon Trust Wales and the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW). This survey identified the feasibility, cost and business case for installing an automatic metering monitoring and targeting system to allow energy usage to be measured in different buildings and campuses. The results of this study allowed HEFCW to secure funding from the Welsh Government to install these systems in all Welsh Universities.

At Cardiff Metropolitan University the funding was used to install sub-metering, allowing the University to easily interrogate its gas, water and electricity usage in each of its 52 buildings spread across 5 campuses.  

A software system is utilised to provide building users with bespoke reports on their energy usage, providing the platform needed to implement positive change.

In 2008, the University embarked on a major energy management programme in conjunction with an energy management, metering and targeting partner, with the intention of reducing carbon emissions and making financial savings. A key part of the project for each university operated building was an educational programme to show all campus managers, deans of schools, catering managers and student union representatives how they could make simple housekeeping changes to realise significant savings.

The energy management team were then able to demonstrate energy usage data for their buildings, highlighting wastage in certain areas, to provide accountability and give each representative a starting point from which to improve. Each year they are expected to achieve a 3 percent reduction target for their buildings.

As the project reaches maturity is has provided the University with strong results and targets have been met or exceeded across the board.

Lee Evans, Account Manager at Carbon Trust Wales said: “Cardiff Metropolitan University has really embraced energy management and is a frontrunner within the higher education sector in Wales.”

Pam Ackroyd, Pro Vice Chancellor at Cardiff Metropolitan University said:  “Sustainable development is a vital and progressive element of university management and we are delighted that our work so far has been recognised by this Times Higher Education shortlist.” 

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