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Environment and Energy


In 2017-2018 the University consumed 274 million kWh of energy - enough to power all of Cambridge's streetlights each night, for 103 years (read more energy facts here)!  While much of this energy is used in vital research some of it is wasted through bad practices, poor buildings and out-dated equipment. Watch the video to the right for an introduction to energy use at the University of Cambridge.

For the month of February, the Environment and Energy section will shine the spotlight on energy use at the University.

This page gives you an idea of what's taking place, and how you can get involved in saving energy. This year is our third 'Spotlight on Energy month' and we’re focusing on three key areas that it's easy for everyone to get involved in:


With more than 11,000 staff and 19,000 students at the University, we have a big cumulative energy impact in our work and study activities. While everyone can take simple, individual actions, during Spotlight On Energy Month we're encouraging every workplace at the University to take action to reduce their energy use together - read our Six Steps to Energy Saving here! Taking part in Green Impact is another great way to start, as it will provide the tools and support to make a real change in your place of work or study - contact us or sign up to the online workbook to find out how it works. Alternatively, why not come along to our Green Impact drop-in session on 4 February to find out more?


Measuring your energy use is one of the best first steps to take towards managing and reducing it. To help you measure your energy use, you could ask for access to SystemsLink to view your building’s energy use, or attend one of our SystemsLink training sessions. For staff involved in making environment and energy changes in the workplace, there's also a special training session all about measuring and sharing your environmental progress.


As a research intensive University, it’s not just computers, monitors and printers that we need to use efficiently, we also have lots of cold storage, laboratory and testing equipment that consumes energy. The Green Labs guidance provides lots of advice on efficient use of lab equipment, while funding is also available to replace certain energy-intensive equipment via the Equipment Replacement Programme. You can also request a plug-in monitor to work out the most energy-hungry devices in your building.

Keep an eye on our Greenlines newsletter for more about events taking place during the month and ways you can get involved!