Roehampton’s first Carbon Management Plan (CMP) was launched in March 2008. In line with new HEFCE regulations, the Plan includes a 40% reduction target in scope 1 and 2 carbon dioxide emissions by 2020, against a 2005 baseline. The most recent version of our CMP was approved by Council on 14 March 2011.
The University has made good progress towards achieving the 2020 target, investing in a range of projects some of which are outlined below.
Energy savings to date are in excess of 2000 MWh per year. This is equivalent to more than £200,000 or 900 tonnes of CO2 being saved annually representing a third of our CO2 reduction target.
The University has installed powerPerfector voltage optimisation equipment at all four colleges and Mount Clare. By optimising and lowering supply voltage, electrical equipment operates more efficiently, consumes less energy and has a longer lifespan. This has led to an average reduction in electricity consumption of approx. 9%, equating to a reduction in our Carbon Footprint of more than 300 tonnes of CO2 and savings on our electricity bill of more than £50,000 per year.
The University is moving towards replacing all lighting with highly efficient LED (Light-Emitting Diode) and motion sensor activated lighting. Typically LEDs have ten times the lifespan and use less than half the energy of halogen lighting. Focusing on communal areas such as corridors and classrooms, at Digby, Froebel and Southlands campuses, we had installed approximately 5000 motion-sensor LED luminaires by early 2013.
Loft insulation has been installed in buildings with pitched roofs across the University, including Mount Clare, Downshire House and the Library. Six hundred metres of valves in ten boiler rooms have also been insulated.
We are working in two phases to fit TRVs (Thermostatic Radiator Valves) to radiators across the university. This allows heating to be adjusted or turned off as needed, saving energy.