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University of London announces a 40% cut in carbon emissions

The introduction of renewable energy resources and increased recycling have contributed towards a more sustainable institution

Reduce the juice badges
A 40% reduction of carbon emissions across the University’s estate

The University of London will release this year’s Sustainability report on Wednesday 18 January 2017, highlights include:

• A 40% reduction of carbon emissions across the University’s estate;
• 100% of the University of London’s electricity is now green, coming from renewable energy;
• 100% of construction site waste recycled 1*.

These achievements come at a time of construction and redevelopment for the University of London, in line with the Master Plan for the estate and growth requirements.

The report will showcase the ways in which the University is working to develop the most environmentally sustainable educational estate in London. As well as cutting emissions, the sustainability team have continued to ensure the University makes a positive impact on the local community and environment through schemes such as beekeeper training, cycling lessons and the engagement programme Reduce the Juice. Developed at the University of London, Reduce the Juice is now available to all UK universities, with the aim to have as wide a positive impact as possible in inspiring students in sustainability and pushing engagement in the right direction. This year saw four universities, 14 halls of residence and 51 student reps join the programme.

In keeping with these targets to encourage engagement, the Sustainability team will share their report digitally, performing a University first by releasing the report through a series of tweets. Head of Sustainability John Bailey said: “The main aim of releasing the report on twitter is to spread the good news as far and wide as possible, showing a global audience that it is possible to make dramatic cuts to carbon and inspire other organisations to follow suit. We’re totally open about our aim to be a world leader in sustainability within the higher education sector, so believe that the best way for us to inspire change is to allow people to see both our success and failures and learn from our experiences.”

1* - 100% of 2.5 tonnes of Senate House construction site waste was diverted from landfill and recycled.