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Environment and Energy


Reducing the environmental impact of your lab work, without compromising your research, is a difficult ask.


Scientific research is energy and resource intensive. Research uses more energy per m² than any other activity in the University, consumes large volumes of treated water and chemicals, and produces huge amounts of complicated waste.


The Green Labs initiative is here to help!


Explore our information and tools to the left, right and below. Our Sustainable Labs Co-ordinator is available to support you in your quest.


Click on the buttons below for theme-specific guidance and materials.         





Green Labs Workshops - Summary Handouts
Lab Energy - Held 08/02/2019 and 11/02/2019
Reduce and Re-use - Held 20/11/2018 and 23/11/2018
Cold Storage - Held 18/07/2018 and 19/07/2018
Green Labs related articles (last updated 05/07/2018)

Dolgin, E. 2018, ‘How going green can raise cash for your lab’, Nature 554, 265-267, 07 February, accessed 04 July 2018,

Thinking outside the icebox on lab sustainability [insideview], Nature, Profile Feature 05 October 2017, accessed 04 July 2018,

Going green: why don't we all do it?, 2016, accessed 04 July 2018,

Bedell, L., 2018, ‘How labware choices impact a lab’s environmental footprint’, Lab Manager, 02 April, accessed 04 July 2018,

Bryant, S. 2015, ‘How can I make my lab greener? 5 tips to reduce your lab’s carbon footprint’, The Laboratory People, Camlab’s blog and information database, 27 March, accessed 04 July 2018,


Green Labs Posters  
5 ways to safeguard samples Cut energy not research
Shut the Sash Shut the Sash – challenging you!