Universities face a huge challenge to meet national carbon emission reduction targets, especially when we consider their ageing estates and growing student numbers. UCL’s campus is no exception, comprising a diverse mix of buildings of varying age and usage. Coupled with a growing population and the redevelopment of their Bloomsbury site, achieving UCL’s HEFCE carbon reduction targets presents a herculean challenge.
We were commissioned by UCL to develop an energy and carbon management strategy, to review how the existing building stock could be improved and to set standards for new building projects. We worked with UCL to help them understand their energy usage, appraise energy management processes and set out a clear roadmap to implement low carbon solutions over the next decade. A key part of this work was to identify possible efficiency upgrades for the existing campus-wide CHP system.
One key strategy for reducing energy consumption is through behaviour change. As part of our work we ran workshops with key stakeholders from students and academics through to estates and facilities teams, to identify ways that environmentally friendly behaviour could be encouraged.
We have also worked with UCL sustainability team to think through organisational responses and processes to ensure that energy and sustainability become a core objective when making decisions about the UCL estate.