UWE Bristol recertified to the Carbon Trust Standard

Issue date: 08 March 2012


UWE Bristol has been recertified with the Carbon Trust Standard in recognition of its ongoing commitment to reducing carbon emissions relative to turnover.

The Carbon Trust Standard is a mark of excellence that measures the management and improvement in carbon efficiency. The University was first certified to the Carbon Trust Standard in 2010. Further assessment of the University's carbon emissions two years later by the Carbon Trust has certified that an improvement in carbon efficiency relative to turnover of 3.9%[1] has been achieved.

Energy used in and around campus buildings was the main area under assessment. Investment in LED street lighting, improved insulation, motion sensitive lighting, air handling unit optimisation and the Student Switch Off campaign are just some of the successful energy reduction initiatives that have contributed to the further reduction achieved.

Tessa Gordelier, UWE Bristol's Energy Management Engineer said, “It is excellent news for the University that we have been recertified to the Carbon Trust Standard and this demonstrates our ongoing commitment to reducing carbon emissions year on year.

“Staff in the Estates and Facilities Services are very proud of this achievement as it proves that we have taken genuine action on climate change and received external recognition for the work that we have done. We had to demonstrate an improvement in our carbon efficiency over the last three years, and undergo an on-site audit of the processes and demonstrate procedures we have in place for managing UWE Bristol's carbon emissions.”

The Carbon Trust Standard requires organisations to commit to reduce carbon emissions, with recertification necessary every two years. In addition to the Carbon Trust Standard, UWE Bristol's Sustainability Strategy sets out the key target for carbon reduction from the University's buildings. Against this metric the University has achieved a 30% relative reduction since the baseline year of 2001/2.

Tessa continues, “We are pleased that staff and students at UWE Bristol have supported the energy reduction projects. Last year we reduced energy use and saved 488 tonnes of CO2, the equivalent of driving round the earth 58[2] times. There is still much to do, a key area we will be working on is individual actions, which have a large contribution to UWE's CO2 emissions. Increasing awareness will be a key focus to help make staff and students more responsible for the energy they use in the buildings they work in, and help them understand how their behaviour can make a crucial difference to UWE's energy consumption.”

Darran Messem, Managing Director of Certification at the Carbon Trust, said, “Being certified with the Carbon Trust Standard is proof that an organisation has taken genuine action to reduce its impact on climate change. Recertifying is a signal that an organisation has cut carbon over the last two years, demonstrating the organisation's on-going commitment to emission reduction. We congratulate the University of the West of England on their achievement.”

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Editor's Notes

For more information on Sustainability at UWE Bristol visit:http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/aboutus/visionandmission/sustainability.aspx

The Carbon Trust Standard

Carbon Trust Standard offers a full service carbon certification service, including certification, benchmarking, analysis, training and verification.

Over 600 organisations have achieved the Carbon Trust Standard since it was launched in June 2008.

Collectively, the current holders of the Carbon Trust Standard have cut their emissions by 5.5M tonnes of CO2e, whilst also cutting their gas, electricity and fuel bills by over £253M.

To date, the total carbon footprint certified by the Carbon Trust Standard is over 43 million tonnes of CO2e; equivalent to over 18% of the total carbon footprint of UK businesses and transport.

All businesses and organisations, both in the UK and internationally, are eligible to apply for the Carbon Trust Standard including FTSE members, middle capitalisation companies, small to medium sized enterprises, and public sector organisations.

Organisations that are awarded the Carbon Trust Standard hold it for a two year period. To maintain the certification they must reapply and demonstrate that they have continued to make year-on-year reductions in their carbon emissions.

Organisations wanting information about getting the Carbon Trust Standard can call: +44 (0)800 019 1443 or visit www.carbontruststandard.com

For further information or interviews on the Carbon Trust Standard, please contact Andrew Mildren on +44 (0)20 7592 1200 or carbontrust@brands2life.com

About the Carbon Trust

The Carbon Trust is a not-for-profit company with the mission to accelerate the move to a low carbon economy, providing specialist support to business and the public sector to help cut carbon emissions, save energy and commercialise low carbon technologies. By stimulating low carbon action we contribute to key UK goals of lower carbon emissions, the development of low carbon businesses, increased energy security and associated jobs.

We help to cut carbon emissions now by:

· Providing specialist advice and finance to help organisations cut carbon

· Setting standards for carbon reduction

· Operating carbon reduction Programmes for public sector and private sector organisations.

We reduce potential future carbon emissions by:

· Opening markets for low carbon technologies

· Leading industry collaborations to commercialise technologies

· Investing in early stage low carbon companies.

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[1] Tonnes CO2e/£ Turnover

[2] According to DECC/DEFRA's published conversion factors, which in 2011 give 0.20864 kg CO2/km for an average petrol car.

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