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Sustainability

Introduction

During the 2014-2015 academic year, Liverpool Hope University consumed over 5.6 million kWh of electricity and over 10.1 million kWh of natural gas, at a cost of nearly £1.1 million. The planned development of the campus and the ever increasing price of fuel means this cost will rise year on year.  The University is determined to reduce the kWh consumed, and therefore the cost, through maximising the efficiency with which the utility is used, the use of low carbon technologies and by behaviour change. 

Energy Consumption

Electricity consumption for Liverpool Hope University, compared to last year:

‌‌Comparison between electricity consumption in 2014-2015 and 2015-2016

Gas Consumption

Gas consumption for Liverpool Hope University, compared to last year:

Comparison of gas consumption between 2014-2015 and 2015-2016

Carbon Reduction Commitment

The University is part of the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme. The CRC is a mandatory UK scheme aimed at improving energy efficiency and cutting carbon emissions in large organisations. The University qualified for Phase 2 of the Scheme (between 2014 and 2019) by consuming over 6,000 MWh electricity between April 2012 and March 2013 (we used 6031 MWh). As a qualifying organisation we have to monitor our energy use (both gas and electricity consumption), provide a report each year and to purchase allowances equal to the tonnes of carbon released. During 2015-2016 the University consumed 4,633 tonnes of carbon, at a cost of nearly £80,000.

Display Energy Certificates

Non-dwellings are responsible for almost 20% of the UK’s energy consumption and carbon emissions. Display Energy Certificates have to be displayed in all buildings over 250m2 occupied by a public authority. The DECs are used to raise awareness of energy use and inform staff, students and visitors about the energy use of the building. 

DECs provide a building energy rating from A to G, where A is very efficient and G is the least efficient and are based on the actual amount of metered energy used by a building over the last 12 months. The usage of the building is compared to a benchmark that represents performance indicative of all buildings of this type, with a rating D being a typical building.

Liverpool Hope has 23 buildings over 250 m2 and all have a DEC rating of D or above.

What can I do?

  • Switch off all lights and appliances that are not needed and at the end of the day – why not have a nominated person and checklist to ensure that all non-essential appliances are switched off
    • Myth – it saves energy to leave the lights on rather than turn them off and on again
    • Did you know: leaving items on stand-by still uses 6-8% power, so turn them off when not in use
  • Only fill the kettle as much as you need – this saves energy (overfilling the kettle sees £68 million disappear in a cloud of steam each year in energy bills) and means you don’t have to wait as long for your drink. Visit United Utilities for more details
    • If your office has an automatic water boiler see if it can be turned off in the evenings and at weekends
  • Put a lid on your pan when cooking, it saves 90% of the energy required to cook your food and it saves times as well
  • Set your computers to energy saving mode if they are not used for a short while
    • Disable screen savers – they do not save energy
    • Switch off your monitor – even if you are away from your desk for a couple of minutes
    • Tidy your inbox and files stored on your computer - keeping large quantities of data (such as multiple copies of the same document or old documents) increases the amount of energy needed in your server room
  • If temperatures are too high turn the heating down rather than open windows
  • Dress appropriately for the season –your body temperature can increase by 3°C just by wearing a jumper
    • Did you know: Every 1°C increase in temperature increase energy consumption by 8%!
  • Ensure that central heating radiators are not blocked by furniture, wherever practically possible, to enable the heat to come into the room
  • Reduce the need for air-conditioning by:
    • Switch off equipment and lighting where possible to reduce heat gains
    • Close the doors and windows when the air conditioning is on
    • Shade your windows to prevent the sun’s rays from entering your office and prevent the air in your office from warming up
    • Open the windows instead
  • Report any lighting, heating or cooling problems on the Estates webpages and click ‘online requests’
    • Doors and windows that are not sealed correctly
    • Any heating and cooling that is running at the same time
  • Buy energy efficient products; all electrical products have an European energy label, which tells you how efficient the appliance is at using energy – A++ is the most efficient and G is the worst
  • Carry out a mini office Energy Audit to see how eco-efficient your office or department is

Initiatives

  • Solar Photovoltaic panels are being installed on both the new Health Sciences and Sports Building
  • The University has a programme of LED lighting replacements
  • Students in Halls of Residence are taking part in the NUS-led Student Switch Off – since joining in 2012, the Halls of Residence have saved 28,444 kWh - enough energy to boil nearly 250,000 one-litre kettles
  • Green Impact is a staff celebrating and recognising environmental achievements whilst also assisting and encouraging teams to further improve their environmental performance.
  • The University is investing in a network of electricity and gas sub meters to monitor the electricity and gas consumption at a building level
    • The sub meters will be connected to the University’s online energy software allowing us to monitor trends in consumption and focus resources
    • This data will be published monthly for each building

Did you know?

  • The University has reduced its electricity consumption by 14% since 2005-2006
  • The University has reduced its gas consumption by 10% since 2005-2006
  • The University has a number of solar photovoltaic panels on site – on the EDEN Building and at Plas Caerdeon; and has plans to increase the number of arrays on site
  • The EDEN Building has solar thermal heating
  •  Check out the Carbon Trust’s website for other energy facts:
    • Office lights left on overnight uses enough energy in a year to heat a home for almost five months
    • A 2°C increase in Office temperature creates enough carbon in a year to fill a hot air balloon
    • A computer left on overnight for a year creates enough carbon to fill a double decker bus
    • A Photocopier left on standby overnight wastes enough energy to make 30 cups of tea
 

Introduction

During the 2014-2015 academic year, Liverpool Hope University consumed over 5.6 million kWh of electricity and over 10.1 million kWh of natural gas, at a cost of nearly £1.1 million. The planned development of the campus and the ever increasing price of fuel means this cost will rise year on year.  The University is determined to reduce the kWh consumed, and therefore the cost, through maximising the efficiency with which the utility is used, the use of low carbon technologies and by behaviour change. 

Energy Consumption

Electricity consumption for Liverpool Hope University, compared to last year:

‌‌Comparison between electricity consumption in 2014-2015 and 2015-2016

Gas Consumption

Gas consumption for Liverpool Hope University, compared to last year:

Comparison of gas consumption between 2014-2015 and 2015-2016

Carbon Reduction Commitment

The University is part of the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme. The CRC is a mandatory UK scheme aimed at improving energy efficiency and cutting carbon emissions in large organisations. The University qualified for Phase 2 of the Scheme (between 2014 and 2019) by consuming over 6,000 MWh electricity between April 2012 and March 2013 (we used 6031 MWh). As a qualifying organisation we have to monitor our energy use (both gas and electricity consumption), provide a report each year and to purchase allowances equal to the tonnes of carbon released. During 2015-2016 the University consumed 4,633 tonnes of carbon, at a cost of nearly £80,000.

Display Energy Certificates

Non-dwellings are responsible for almost 20% of the UK’s energy consumption and carbon emissions. Display Energy Certificates have to be displayed in all buildings over 250m2 occupied by a public authority. The DECs are used to raise awareness of energy use and inform staff, students and visitors about the energy use of the building. 

DECs provide a building energy rating from A to G, where A is very efficient and G is the least efficient and are based on the actual amount of metered energy used by a building over the last 12 months. The usage of the building is compared to a benchmark that represents performance indicative of all buildings of this type, with a rating D being a typical building.

Liverpool Hope has 23 buildings over 250 m2 and all have a DEC rating of D or above.

What can I do?

  • Switch off all lights and appliances that are not needed and at the end of the day – why not have a nominated person and checklist to ensure that all non-essential appliances are switched off
    • Myth – it saves energy to leave the lights on rather than turn them off and on again
    • Did you know: leaving items on stand-by still uses 6-8% power, so turn them off when not in use
  • Only fill the kettle as much as you need – this saves energy (overfilling the kettle sees £68 million disappear in a cloud of steam each year in energy bills) and means you don’t have to wait as long for your drink. Visit United Utilities for more details
    • If your office has an automatic water boiler see if it can be turned off in the evenings and at weekends
  • Put a lid on your pan when cooking, it saves 90% of the energy required to cook your food and it saves times as well
  • Set your computers to energy saving mode if they are not used for a short while
    • Disable screen savers – they do not save energy
    • Switch off your monitor – even if you are away from your desk for a couple of minutes
    • Tidy your inbox and files stored on your computer - keeping large quantities of data (such as multiple copies of the same document or old documents) increases the amount of energy needed in your server room
  • If temperatures are too high turn the heating down rather than open windows
  • Dress appropriately for the season –your body temperature can increase by 3°C just by wearing a jumper
    • Did you know: Every 1°C increase in temperature increase energy consumption by 8%!
  • Ensure that central heating radiators are not blocked by furniture, wherever practically possible, to enable the heat to come into the room
  • Reduce the need for air-conditioning by:
    • Switch off equipment and lighting where possible to reduce heat gains
    • Close the doors and windows when the air conditioning is on
    • Shade your windows to prevent the sun’s rays from entering your office and prevent the air in your office from warming up
    • Open the windows instead
  • Report any lighting, heating or cooling problems on the Estates webpages and click ‘online requests’
    • Doors and windows that are not sealed correctly
    • Any heating and cooling that is running at the same time
  • Buy energy efficient products; all electrical products have an European energy label, which tells you how efficient the appliance is at using energy – A++ is the most efficient and G is the worst
  • Carry out a mini office Energy Audit to see how eco-efficient your office or department is

Initiatives

  • Solar Photovoltaic panels are being installed on both the new Health Sciences and Sports Building
  • The University has a programme of LED lighting replacements
  • Students in Halls of Residence are taking part in the NUS-led Student Switch Off – since joining in 2012, the Halls of Residence have saved 28,444 kWh - enough energy to boil nearly 250,000 one-litre kettles
  • Green Impact is a staff celebrating and recognising environmental achievements whilst also assisting and encouraging teams to further improve their environmental performance.
  • The University is investing in a network of electricity and gas sub meters to monitor the electricity and gas consumption at a building level
    • The sub meters will be connected to the University’s online energy software allowing us to monitor trends in consumption and focus resources
    • This data will be published monthly for each building

Did you know?

  • The University has reduced its electricity consumption by 14% since 2005-2006
  • The University has reduced its gas consumption by 10% since 2005-2006
  • The University has a number of solar photovoltaic panels on site – on the EDEN Building and at Plas Caerdeon; and has plans to increase the number of arrays on site
  • The EDEN Building has solar thermal heating
  •  Check out the Carbon Trust’s website for other energy facts:
    • Office lights left on overnight uses enough energy in a year to heat a home for almost five months
    • A 2°C increase in Office temperature creates enough carbon in a year to fill a hot air balloon
    • A computer left on overnight for a year creates enough carbon to fill a double decker bus
    • A Photocopier left on standby overnight wastes enough energy to make 30 cups of tea