Social Responsibility and Sustainability


The University has made a commitment to reducing its carbon emissions by cutting down on its energy use.

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The Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 requires all public bodies to contribute to a low carbon Scotland. Along with other universities & colleges, we have committed to achieve substantial carbon savings by 2020.

Did you know?

The University spent £18 million last year on energy, and most of our emissions come from electricity and gas used in our buildings.

We also generate a lot of our own energy. See Low carbon & renewable energy.

Whether you work in an office or a laboratory, or live in student accommodation, there are lots of things you can do to help to address this challenge.

Reducing energy waste means that less fossil fuels are burned and less greenhouse gases emitted. It is important that we all try to save energy where we can.

What you can do

Taking small practical steps within your work space will not only help reduce emissions but ensure the University runs efficiently and cost effectively.


Switch off your unused electronics. Think about what you do and don’t need to leave switched on. Modern electronic items use a small amount of energy when left on standby, but room lights, older devices and laboratory equipment can use much more.
Spread the word. Since everyone needs to take responsibility to save energy, we can provide materials to help you tell others.
Reduce personal appliance use.

Sharing equipment with others is the best way to reduce energy waste. Prioritise the most intensive things - we can help you to measure the energy consumption of your equipment. Get in touch to learn more.

Reporting faults with lighting, heating, water, and other facilities issues will help to save energy. Find out who your EBIS rep is for your area, and be sure to report anything that seems amiss. This could include noticing faulty motion sensor lighting, dripping taps, and draughty windows.


Big Summer Chillout

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Everyone is reminded to make efforts to help save energy over the summer.


Advice on how to save energy at the University.

Energy Coordinators

Energy Coordinators help promote energy reduction in their school or unit.

Energy saving resources

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A selection of resources to help you save energy across the University

Propose your sustainable project ideas

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Do you have an idea for a sustainable project at the University? The Sustainable Campus Fund is a real opportunity for anyone in the University to propose projects that could reduce the University’s impact on the environment.

 Taking things further


Did you know?

The University sets temperature standards for room heating and cooling. During the colder seasons (September-May) we aim for a room temperature of 21 - 22°C. 

In the summer, cooling is usually only considered if temperatures frequently rise above 28°C.

Become or elect an energy coordinator. Training and support is available. Get in touch to learn more.
Regular Energy Walkarounds and reviews of responsibility for devices can help everybody save energy. We can provide materials to help you get started .
Create an Energy Responsibility Plan with your colleagues. Covering all the main areas and key equipment, it should include a rota for switching things off at the end of the day.
Make further savings in computing and labs.

Even more savings are possible: see our computers and laboratories pages.