De Montfort University is committed to significantly reducing its energy and water consumption over the coming years, in recognition of the financial, environmental and social benefits presented by efficient resource use. In recognition of the links between fossil fuel use and climate change, the UK government has introduced measures such as the Climate Change Levy and the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme to encourage organisations to reduce their energy consumption.
General statement of Energy Policy
- The university recognises the environmental impact that the use of energy and water in its buildings causes. It also recognises the environmental and cost benefits of minimising its use of energy and water.
- In recognising the environmental and cost benefits, the university is committed to reducing the environmental impact of its use of energy and water and to improving the management of that use.
- The university centrally and through its local management organisation will provide the resources to meet the requirements of this policy.
- Prime responsibility for the Energy Policy rests with the Chief Executive and Vice Chancellor of the university.
- The university will seek to include all members of staff and students in the implementation of this policy.
- The university will operate, maintain and develop its buildings to appropriate and environmentally efficient standards. The energy and water usage of its buildings will be monitored against targets and benchmarks.
- The university will publish the progress that its Energy Policy has achieved.
- The university will keep the energy policy under regular review.
Since the academic year 2010/2011 DMU produced quarterly energy reports for every individual building at DMU. The aim they have been created was to show students, staff, and visitors the amount of energy used in each building of the university, if it is decreasing or increasing over time, and how the usage compares to other buildings on the campus.
The same report is generated for each building on campus. Moreover, for each building it is possible to view electricity consumption in detail. [follow this link; you can choose the building and the period of time you’d like to see the energy consumption. You can also choose if you want to see the report in units of energy consumed (that is kWh), the cost of energy (£), or the carbon emissions (CO2)]
More detailed energy energy report have also been created thanks to the DUALL project. Researchers of DMU [Dr R. Bull, Dr N. Brown, R. Hall, and F. Faruk] have designed a web tool that shows electricity consumption on a monthly basis compared to the same period for the previous year in order to demonstrate if consumption is increasing or decreasing. The graph automatically updates with live data. Different DMU buildings can be selected from the drop down list to see how each one is performing.
The management of the policy is the responsibility of the Estates of University; however, it is everyone’s responsibility to be aware of the effect of their activities on energy and water usage and to minimise those effects wherever possible. The Energy Policy encourages full participation of all students and members of staff in following and developing it.
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