Exciting news! The University of Canterbury has received an Enviro-Mark Solutions Recognition Award for Outstanding Performance in Carbon Management in a Large Organisation. UC was one of two large organisations to do so. Tony Sellin, UC’s Energy Manager, was presented with the award in Auckland on Tuesday 6 June 2017.
The awards celebrate the best of the best when it comes to carbon emissions reduction and environmental management. Enviro-Mark reported that the award winners have achieved a net reduction of 10,385 tonnes of carbon over the past year – that’s the equivalent of driving from Cape Reinga to Bluff more than 20,000 times or flying from Auckland to London more than 1,300 times!
UC embarked on a greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory programme called CEMARS (Certified Emissions Measurement and Reduction Scheme) in 2011 because it wanted to create the most energy efficient environment for teaching and research. Since then, UC has reduced GHG by 28% (in absolute terms) and has more than lived up to the initial commitment to reduce emissions by 10-20% by 2020. UC is also the first university in the Southern hemisphere to attain the CEMARS accreditation.
Tony Sellin says part of this reduction comes from a more energy efficient design for the new and retro-fitted buildings on campus. Where possible, buildings have received a better thermal envelop (such as insulation and double glazing) and old building services plant and equipment have been replaced for more efficient ones. This includes more efficient lighting (e.g. LED lights and lights that turn off automatically), radiators and air handling units. There has also been a greater use of electricity over coal for space heating. UC’s carbon reduction is also connected with a smaller campus building footprint as a result of the earthquakes. All of this has resulted in a lower energy demand.
Further information: See also Leading the Carbon Crusade
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