Wherever you live, work, or study, you can take part in activities to help save energy and to save water.
Even the smallest actions add up to big impacts.
We’re facing a climate emergency and we want to slash the university’s carbon emissions by 63% by 2030.
We’re already doing a lot but we need the help of everyone to meet our ambition. 75% of all the electricity used on campus is controlled by individuals!
The power is in your hands so, go! Switch Off!
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Gas and electricity consumption on our UK campuses equates to around 40,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.
These are the actions where we can making the biggest carbon savings.
Every £1 saved on energy is £1 we can direct towards our core business and to help support staff and students more directly.
How the university is reducing carbon emissions
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Each year we ask everyone to turn off all non-essential equipment before leaving for Christmas, Easter and the summer holidays.
Help us to save energy whilst the university is closed by thinking carefully about which equipment has to stay on, and switching off everything else.
Together with your colleagues, use our checklists to switch off your office, department or lab before leaving.
Switch Off checklist
Lab shutdown poster
Lab energy walkaround checklist
Over a typical Christmas holiday period the university spends £180k on electricity despite being closed!
On Christmas Day itself we still use 70% of our usual daily energy consumption!
The go! Switch Off halls competition supports and encourages students to save energy and water.
The competition is scheduled to run from September 25 to October 31 2023.
This semester, the hall that saves the most energy will win a prize for the hall!
This is important not only to reduce our carbon emission but also because the more money the university spends on energy, the less it has available to support its teaching and research and the student experience.
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We were delighted to announce that Newark Hall won our spring 2023 go! Switch Off competition!
Newark Hall managed to save 23,985 kWh which is 8.8 Tonnes CO2, this equates to two round trips from London to Singapore.
Congratulations also went to Newark and Lincoln who achieved 2nd and 3rd place.
Well done for everyone that made changes to save energy and reduce your carbon emissions – keep it up! The competition may be over but will resume again in the next academic year, so remember that we still have a long way to reach our CO2 emission targets and we need your help to get there.
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