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Energy, carbon and water

Sheffield Hallam University has energy and water reduction targets to be achieved by 2020, compared to the 2005/06 baseline

  • 30% reduction in energy use by floor area
  • 15% reduction in water use by floor area

Projects and methods underway to achieve these targets include

  • Effective monitoring and measurement supported through the ISO 50001 energy management system
  • Designing low carbon and renewable technologies into our buildings, such as solar PVs (photovoltaics), solar thermals, ground source heat pumps and rainwater harvesting
  • Using extensive metering to quickly identify areas of high consumption and key areas to manage
  • Trialling new technologies to increase the efficiency of existing projects and buildings, such as variable speed drives and water reducing devices such as drenched technology devices the reduce the volume of water coming out of taps
  • Specifying high efficiency plant and maintenance equipment across campuses
  • Using techniques such as thermal imaging to identify areas for improvement
  • Using engagement campaigns to raise awareness and promote behaviour change, including our network of green champions

Progress against targets is monitored on an ongoing basis, using a projection tool that predicts the impacts and benefits of implementing planned projects to ensure we remain on target. This tool was developed as part of a consultancy project and populated by a master's degree student as part of their studies (see the Partnerships and Engagement page to find out more about how the colleges are embedding sustainability in the curriculum).

All targets, including building energy, water, and progress against them, can be seen on the policy, strategy and reporting page.

The university is also working towards calculating and reporting Scope 3 emissions, see the sustainable travel page for details on how we're reducing the impact of business travel.

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