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April 12, 2019

University of Kent reduces carbon emissions by over 20% since 2005

University of KentThe University of Kent has successfully reduced its carbon emissions by 21% since 2005, and is now well on track to achieve its goal of a 23% reduction by 2020.

For the academic year September 2017 to September 2018 the University of Kent managed to cut carbon emissions by 4.5% via a number of measures such as fitting new efficient LED lamps, installing smart meters and reducing oversized boilers. Water use was also reduced at the university by 1.3% last year, equating to a saving of 3,300m3. The amount of waste being reused, rather than sent for incineration, increased by 28% to 72 tonnes a year. The University of Kent will also make savings of £11,000 a year by retiring old and inefficient printers and replacing them with new multi-function ones that reduce energy use.

These impressive environmental figures were revealed in the annual Sustainability at Kent report, which also highlighted the work being done to promote sustainability throughout the University of Kent, including the new Futureproof project that aims to ensure all future work undertaken has sustainability at its core.

Environmental Advisor in the Estates Department at Kent, Catherine Morris, says, “It’s fantastic the University is on track to reach its carbon emissions reduction target and that we continue to make progress in other areas too. We remain committed to ensuring the University is a responsible and ethical organisation in all that does.”

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Content added on 12th April 2019. 

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