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Recognition for carbon reduction

The University has won a major award after reducing the amount of carbon dioxide it produces.

Carbon Trust Standard - Reducing C02 Year on Year

It is the first educational establishment in Scotland to be awarded the Carbon Trust Standard - the world’s first carbon certification initiative.

The University’s flagship project was to install three combined heat and power engines at the Pollock halls of residence, King’s Buildings and George Square energy centres.

The project significantly cuts carbon emissions and generates savings of £1 million per year.

Other organisations in Scotland to receive the accreditation are the Scottish Court Service, LifeScan Scotland, Hewlett-Packard, FIS Chemicals, Diageo Scotland Supply and Fife Council.

13% carbon saving

More than 70% of University staff do not drive to work. Last year, the University recycled 56% of its general waste.

It has made a 13% carbon saving relative to turnover.

Reducing our environmental impact

The University is committed to achieving continued reduction of our environmental impact and we are proud of our successes to date.

Three of our sustainability projects were shortlisted for 2007/08 Green Gown awards.

The recently completed Informatics Forum achieved a BREEAM Excellent rating, reflecting the environmentally sustainable design and construction of the building.

We encourage sustainable travel through numerous initiatives such as the provision of shuttle buses, pool cars and improved cycling facilities.

Accreditation to the Carbon Trust Standard is the latest in a succession of awards that recognise that we are working along the right lines. Universities and Colleges have a special opportunity to take the lead and contribute positively to a low carbon Scotland.

Angus CurrieDirector of Estates and Buildings