SOAS University of London

Green Estates

Towards A Greener SOAS Estate

We are continually looking at ways in which the School can reduce its carbon footprint.  As we are all aware there has been continued emphasis on reducing carbon emissions through legislation and peer pressure (e.g. Green League). Reducing carbon also makes good business sense by reducing costs and the impact of new legislation.

Sustainable Development

We have been very active in this area with all building projects as far back as the Library Terraces addressing the issues raised by sustainable development and operation. A building sector rating for refurbishment projects rated the Library Transformation Project as ‘Very Good’.  Nevertheless we have more challenges than most with an estate dating back to the 1940s and 1970s. We need to make our facilities, which are already intensively used, more accessible and available to our community, whilst reducing our impact on the environment.  

Environment & Sustainability Group (formerly the Energy Management Group)

We launched an Energy Management Group in 2009 and have produced a detailed carbon management plan (CMP) through the Carbon Trust's Carbon Management Programme. In the CMP we have set a carbon reduction target of 48% of our 2005/06 baseline by April 2020. The final plan was given a special endorsement by the Carbon Trust due to its detailed approach and ambitious targets. We are working in collaboration with other Bloomsbury colleges on this initiative and appointed an Energy Manager who works across all the colleges but is based at SOAS. We also share a Sustainability Manager and a Sustainability Officer who are both based at Birkbeck.   

SOAS Carbon Footprint

Our Carbon Footprint is detailed within the Carbon Management Plan. In the future we will be obliged to maintain up-to-date information on our various carbon sources and part of this includes data on travel. The Estates and Facilities Directorate are required to survey travel by all SOAS users to capture this data (SOAS Carbon Survey). Please take the time to complete this as accurately as possible as we are sure that you appreciate its importance not just to SOAS as an institution but also in helping SOAS to make a significant contribution to these important initiatives.

SOAS Recycling Initiative

We are improving our recycling provision with more widely distributed facilities which will allow the more effective recycling of a greater range of materials. This initiative is the result of collaboration between the Estates and Facilities Directorate and the Students’ Union Green Society as well as taking account of similar schemes operated elsewhere. In the initial phase new recycling sites were distributed at the most active points campus wide. The improved provision is welcomed and any feedback on this service should be addressed to:

Robert Courtney
Directorate Administrator
Estates & Facilities
Room: F311
Tel: 020 7898 4804
E-mail: rc45@soas.ac.uk

You can all play a direct role in reducing SOAS’ carbon footprint. Although we have made progress over the last few years, there is still a great deal to be done.  Please do take the time to complete the survey and make use of the recycling facilities around the School.