University goes green

The University of East London (UEL) has been awarded the Carbon Trust Standard after taking energy saving measures to lower their carbon emissions. The Standard, developed by The Carbon Trust, […]

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By Jake Tupman

The University of East London (UEL) has been awarded the Carbon Trust Standard after taking energy saving measures to lower their carbon emissions.

The Standard, developed by The Carbon Trust, recognises organisations that have made a long-term commitment to prolonged energy saving measures.

In addition to installing condensing boilers, improved lighting controls and energy efficient insulation, UEL have maximised renewable energy usage by installing solar panels and a wind turbine.

Sara Kassam, UEL’s Energy and Environment Manager, said: “We’re thrilled that the hard work has paid off and we’ve been awarded the Standard. Our estate here at UEL is expanding, and we’re determined to keep emissions down through constructing our new buildings to the highest energy and environment standards, and continuing to encourage staff and student involvement.”

In order to retain the Standard, UEL must continue to improve on their carbon emissions year on year. They’re planning to introduce electronic switch-off on electric appliances as well as focusing on staff awareness and improving the efficiency of heating and ventilation plants by investing in further renewable energy sources.