UWE Bristol wins award for outstanding energy-saving achievements

Issue date: 25 July 2013

Vicki Harris and Jonathon Porritt at the Carbon Champion Awards

UWE Bristol has been honoured with an award for 'Outstanding Achievement' for an impressive 10% in energy savings from 2009 – 2012.

The award was given by environmental champion Jonathon Porritt at the Carbon Champion Awards 2013, where a number of businesses and organisations in the West of England were recognised for their impressive contributions towards cutting energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.

UWE Bristol achieved this by campus wide installation of LEDs, lighting controls, phase-change cooling in computer labs, cavity wall and roof insulation, boiler replacements and site-wide metering and monitoring to improve energy management.

Fabia Jeddere Fisher, UWE Bristol Energy Engineer said, “The West of England Carbon Challenge (WECC) is invaluable in providing independent benchmarking of carbon emissions across the region, pulling together good practice and demonstrating just what is achievable. We are thrilled to get this recognition.”

Other organisations who achieved awards for outstanding achievement were At-Bristol, Arup, Avon Fire and Rescue Service, Bath Spa University, Buro Happold, the Environment Agency, South Gloucestershire Council and Stride Treglown. Joint carbon champions for their 27% and 16% emissions cuts respectively, made between 2011 and 2012, were law firms Gregg Latchams and Burges Salmon.

Simon Billing of Forum for the Future, which has run the scheme for four years, said "The WECC is a carbon fitness club for businesses who want to work with others to help reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions. By working out together, it's more motivating, and you're able to get tops tips on trimming your energy costs from others.”

Forum for the Future co-founder Jonathan Porritt said, “These awards demonstrate how Bristol businesses are at the heart of the Bristol region leading the UK in energy efficiency. It's a smart move by local business; building efficiencies now, while future-proofing your business against spiralling energy prices and mounting pressure on businesses to reduce their carbon emissions.”

By June 2013, 132 organisations had signed up to the WECC, with 75 of these submitting data for 2012/2013. The WECC is the largest voluntary carbon reporting and reduction network in the UK, and puts the West of England region at the forefront of the national aim of cutting carbon and saving energy. This is particularly relevant as Bristol prepares to hold the title of European Green Capital in 2015.

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