The Students’ Union reduces utilities in a bid to become more efficient

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Here at The Students’ Union, we are committed to reducing our utilities year on year, in a bid to be less wasteful and more efficient. We have been engaging with the University Estates and Energy teams, to monitor our consumption on a variety of utilities.

Not only does this allow us to track our progress but, it also allows us to hit you with some fun facts!

 

The Students’ Union at UWE Key Facts:

  • Over the last three years, we have saved 11.29 Tonnes of CO2 equivalent through our electricity usage. These energy savings are enough to provide 11.8 average UK household’s with electricity for one year.
  • In the last three years, there has been a 127.2m3 water saving, an 8.3% decrease in this utility. This is enough to provide water supply to wash 636 full loads of laundry.
  • We undertake staff focused energy challenges and messaging to raise awareness of consumption and aid our reduction goals.
  • Our Strategic Plan commits us to NUS Green Impact Accreditation for the next 3 years, and we will maintain all actions and plans for reductions.

 

Electricity

Comparing 2015/16 to current available data from 2018, there is an 11.28 Tonne CO2 equiv. saving!

Electricity Usage

Compare: 

  

  

  

  

 

Electricity (kWh) 

Tonnes CO2e from electricity 

SU 2015-16

New U block 

         192,172  

79.18

SU 2016-17

New U block 

         193,018

 

67.86

SU 2017-18

New U block 

193,142

67.90

 

** Although the Electricity use has increased, the carbon intensity of the UK grid decreased in 2016, resulting in the CO2 from The Students’ Union electricity consumption to have also dropped. Source for Conversion

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Improved Efficiency

Due to The Students’ Union building, we are able to offer students meeting and event spaces, making us more utilised by the student population. To put that into context, there has been an increase of 19,048 hours of bookable spaces utilised in The Students’ Union in the last three years, this means that the usage has nearly tripled since 2016.

Despite the increased usage in hours, the consumption of energy measured in kWh has remained virtually consistent with just a small increase!

Imformation image about meetings using the event space

 

Water

  

  

Water  supply (m3) 

Water treatment (m3) 

Total CO2e from water 

SU 2014-15

F block 

2578.32 

2449.40 

2.62 

SU 2015-16 

New U block 

1534.20 

1457.49 

1.56 

SU 2016-17

New U Block

1497.9

1432.005

1.52

SU 2017-18

New U Block

1407

TBC

TBC

 

Information image about the water saved over 3 years

 

Gas

Type

Unit

2015/2016

2016/2017

 

2017/2018

Gas

m3

16645

16913

 

19389

*We have increased usage by 16.48% since 2015/2016

*We have increased usage by 14.64% since 2016/2017

 

Our gas usage has stayed fairly constant over the last two years, showing a slight increase in 2018.

 

Do you have ideas on how The Students’ Union can reduce its utilities? Get in touch via thegreenteam@uwe.ac.uk and let us know!