24 September 2015
SOAS, University of London has been recognised for achieving ‘outstanding carbon reductions’, placing third out of 131 higher education institutions in a report conducted by sustainability consultants Brite Green.
The group’s comprehensive and impartial analysis looks in detail at emissions trends since 2005 by Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) funded institutions, setting them against carbon emissions targets for 2020.
SOAS is ranked third overall with a remarkable reduction of 46.62% from 2005 to 2013-14. The University of Cumbria (second) and London Metropolitan University (first) attained reductions of 48.30% and 51.21% respectively. HEFCE funds over 130 institutions in England.
Stephen McKinnell, Head of Energy Management, said: “This is a great result for SOAS at a time where emissions from the Higher Education sector are increasing overall. We have been working hard behind the scenes to improve the efficiency and operation of the Estate from small standalone energy saving projects through to ensuring that our refurbishments incorporate cutting edge sustainability features and technology. We will soon be reaching out to the SOAS community to invite you to become involved to help the School exceed its 2020 carbon reduction target.”
Richard Poulson, Director of Estates and Facilities, added: “This achievement represents a significant outcome for our building maintenance programmes, especially when we consider that it has been realised in an Estate of which 90% dates to the 1970s or earlier. Our strategy has been to introduce Stephen’s input at the earliest stages, and this has ensured that all potential energy efficiency measures are identified, and where possible implemented.”