The Energy and Carbon Reduction Programme, or ECRP, sets out UEA’s carbon reduction targets and the work areas aiming to achieve these. The ECRP will be broken down into a series of five-year frameworks, the first of which is 2015 – 2020.
UEA’s reduction targets
- Reduce our campus carbon emissions by 35% by 2020, against a 1990 baseline
- Reduce our energy consumption by 25% by 2020, against a 2013/14 baseline.
Drivers of a low carbon campus
The cost of UK electricity could rise between 20% and 50% by 2020 (Department for Energy and Climate Change, 2014), potentially adding £300,000 – £750,000 to UEA’s annual electricity bill.
The impact of these rising costs to UEA can be mitigated by reducing our energy consumption, generating electricity on site and by continuing to invest in appropriate renewable technologies.
The UEA carbon sustainability balance
At a basic level, sustainable development at UEA means that we try to balance the ‘three pillars’ of environmental, economic and social elements.
In carbon reduction terms, we work to balance the three sustainable development principles alongside three energy-specific themes: Reputation, Capital Cost, and Operational Cost.
What is a low carbon campus to UEA?
- On-site, low carbon energy production
- Low energy buildings, in design and use
- Refurbishment projects consider estate strategy alongside carbon sustainability balance
- A centre of excellence for UEA and local community engagement.
Working towards our targets
There are five key work areas to tackling UEA's carbon footprint: Engagement; Capital investment; Energy-saving projects; Maintenance; and Building recommissioning. (See image right: click to expand)
The Estates ECRP team have created an implementation plan to achieve our SMART carbon emission reduction target. This includes estimated carbon savings, time scales and resources. It will cover the five areas above, including capital projects and actions to embed carbon management across UEA.
One significant area of work is an energy efficiency campaign in the Faculty of Science, starting in the School of Biological Sciences. Here, behind-the-scenes infrastructure works and lab efficiency audits and upgrades are being carried out alongside communications across building users.
The Energy Team are promoting opportunities for lab users in particular to suggest potential savings. Equipment upgrade offers have followed a student-led audit of ultra-low temperature (ULT) freezers, as well as our ULT Freezer Management Guide.
ET-R approval of strategy
On 23 November, 2015, UEA’s Executive Team discussed and approved the 2015-2020 Energy and Carbon Reduction Programme.
The Sustainability Team, in collaboration with colleagues across Estates and UEA, will report annually on progress against the agreed target of reducing carbon emissions by 35% over the next 5 years and a 25% reduction in energy consumption.
Read our annual Environmental Report series for case studies and a record of action on carbon reduction and energy efficiency.