Award recognises University sustainability
A major national award has recognised the University’s work on sustainability and its environmental impact.
The University was announced as the runner-up in the Guardian’s University Awards’ Sustainability category, which was won by the Royal Agricultural University.
The accolade was given in recognition of the University’s pioneering work in dealing with the energy, water and waste footprint of its laboratories.
The judges praised innovative measures such as recycling disposable gloves and pipette tips, and a project to recover and recycle helium.
A peer to peer audit system, whereby lab users visit other laboratories and share best practice, has also led to the identification of energy efficiency measures that could save £200,000.
We are delighted with this success. As a university we are constantly looking for ways to make our work better for the environment. This recognition highlights the progress we are making and the hard work of staff in laboratories.
Already regarded as one of the most innovative higher education institutions in the UK, the recognition builds upon the University’s continuing commitment to make a significant, sustainable and socially responsible contribution to Scotland, the UK and the world.
The University has invested over £20 million in combined heat and power energy centres to reduce carbon emissions by almost 10,000 tonnes annually.
It is meeting its public commitments by divesting from the worst fossil fuels as well announcing the recent creation of a conflict minerals policy.