Case Study: Swansea University
The University has achieved a EcoCampus award for the phased implementation of an environmental management system. The University has also developed a Biodiversity Action Plan as well and was promoting sustainability through learning and teaching (ESDGC). The University has also achieved a 2:1 award in the People and Planet Green League for 2012 (now in 70th place from 122nd in 2011).
With respect to targets, although energy demand may increase as a result of campus expansion and increased research facilities and capital investment is likely to reduce, the University still intends to reduce carbon emissions by 35% by 2020/21 (based on 2010/11 baseline). Due to ‘hard to treat’ difficulties insulating some properties they have initially set a relatively low DEC target of band E by the end of 2015/16.
The University managed to source 20% of electricity from on-site or grid renewable by the end of 2011/12. They have also completed the following actions:
• Energy Metering – ERM and BMS
• EPC and DECs
• BREEAM Excellent – award winner 2012
• Condition Surveys
• Refurbishment projects (recladding, etc)
• Campus district heating upgrade
In 2019, Swansea University achieved a gold award in the Cycle Friendly Employer accreditation scheme, run by Cycling UK. The scheme involves an audit that covers five areas:
Category 1 – Information, Communication and Incentives for Employees
Category 2 – Coordination And Organisation
Category 3 – Service
Category 4 – Facilities
Category 5 – Parking Management
To see the audit report for Swansea University - click here.