Plant Sciences is committed to reducing its environmental footprint and energy consumption. Take a look at our Energy & Environment Policy.
Explore using the navigation pane on the left and links to wider initiatives on the right.
The University identified Plant Sciences as a high energy user after rolling out its Electricity Incentivisation Scheme (EIS) in 2008. By area, the Plant Growth Facility on the Botanic Gardens site is the most energy intensive building of the entire university, costing £1000 every day in electricity. The department itself on the Downing site also sits easily in the 'top 25'.
This led to the department becoming a pilot on the Energy and Carbon Reduction Project (ECRP) in 2011, freeing up funding for carbon-saving projects. The aim is to reduce Plant Sciences’ environmental footprint without compromising research and teaching.
The department is also part of Green Impact; the University’s environmental accreditation scheme. It provides a framework for groups of staff and students to progress actions that will make the department more sustainable.
To spearhead efforts to reduce energy consumption is Energy Co-ordinator Martin Howes.
Principal roles include:
- Monitoring utility consumption
- Finding opportunities for reducing energy consumption and managing applications and projects that deliver improvements
- Leading Green Impact group activities within the department
- Liaising with University’s Energy & Environment Section of Estate Management