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Environment and Energy


There are a number of projects across the University's estate which are relevant to or part of the Green Labs programme. We also welcome ideas for new projects from departments and can offer technical advice. Contact if you have any ideas and we would be happy to discuss them with you. 

Ultra Low Temperature Storage 

Ultra-Low Temperature Freezers (ULT Freezers) typically operate between -70 and -80oC, consuming between 16-22KWh per day, roughly twice the average daily consumption of a U.K household (9KWh/day). They are therefore one of the single most energy intensive pieces of general laboratory equipment.

Recently an audit and options apprasial on ULT storage in the Clinical School was carried out. Read about their findings in this case study.

Click here to find guidance on how to manage your ULT freezer.

Funding is available through the Equipment Replacement Programme to replace old, energy inefficient freezers with more energy efficient equivalents.

Drying cabinets

The Department of Chemistry worked with drying cabinet suppliers to design a cabinet which is well insulated to prevent heat loss, has greater temperature control and allows the user to set the optimum time of operation.

The models developped have been shown to use 50% less energy.

Funding is available through the Equipment Replacement Programme  to replace old, energy inefficient drying cabinets with more energy efficient equivalents.

LED lighting in plant growth

This Energy and Carbon Reduction Project funded pilot at the Department of Plant Sciences is shedding new light on reducing energy and carbon emissions at the same time as doing world class plant science research. The project has recently been highly commended in the Green Gown Awards 2015 - see "LEDing the way to greener plant growth".

Read more about the project in this case study.

Demand ventilation in labs

In May 2013, through the Energy and Carbon Reduction Project, the Hutchison/MRC Research Centre became the first building in the UK to install the US demand ventilation control system Aircuity.

Read more about this project in this case study.

Shut the sash

This is a behaviour change campaign in order to try and reduce the high energy consumption that results from the use of variable air volume fume cupboards. 

Read more about the Shut the Sash campaign in this case study

Access posters and stickers for the Shut the Sash campaign here.