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Managing our Footprint

27 November 2014

QMUL is committed to improving our energy and environmental performance and to start the ball rolling we thought we would tell you about what we have been up to and what we have planned in the coming months.

Carbon Management and Implementation Plan
After months of trawling through data and analysing our carbon footprint our revised Carbon Management and Implementation Plan (CMIP) is nearly ready to be published. The CMIP reinforces our previous commitment to reduce our electricity and gas consumption carbon emissions by 34% by 2020. The new and improved CMIP also addresses our embedded carbon emissions from how staff and students travel to QMUL, what we spend (procurement), how much water we use and what waste we produce. We have set a variety of reduction targets so keep an eye on the website to read the full plan when it is released in the New Year.

Annual Project Plan
To complement the CMIP we are now producing an Annual Project Plans which will detail our priority buildings and what engagement, management and investment activities we have planned to reduce their carbon intensity per m2.

The 2014/15 plan includes a number of energy efficiency projects including lighting and heating upgrades throughout the campus. To compliment this we are working on a number of large refurbishment projects and new builds to ensure sustainability and energy performance are considered in the design stages of all projects with some innovative plans taking shape.

The sustainability team are also working with a number of academic groups, in particular Geography. With Geography and QMSU we are working on, quite literally, a ground-breaking project which is a first for QMUL and the local area.

Minimum Performance Standards
In addition to our work on carbon we are also looking at the quality of the services we provide. A group of representatives from across professional services are creating a number of minimum infrastructure or fit out performance standards. These will be trialled in a number of projects over the next 12 months and will address everything from floor finishes to lighting.

Energy and Environmental Management System
And last but by no means least we are currently developing and implementing an ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 compliant Energy and Environmental Management System. This system will provide a holistic structured approach to management at QMUL to ensure we achieve continual improvement and ongoing legal compliance.

If you would like to get involved with any of our initiatives or find out more about sustainability at QMUL please email sustainability@qmul.ac.uk

 

 

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