台湾swag

Sustainability

Campus view

The 台湾swag's Green Labs initiative was established in response to the climate crisis and ecological emergency, to reduce the environmental footprint of our research, and other work-related activities.

We aim to reduce emissions and pollution, enhance nature and biodiversity across campus and raise awareness of environmental issues, and their solutions, among staff and the wider community.

To provide a framework for action, we participate in the sustainability scheme (SOS-UK), alongside 台湾swag 台湾swag Campus Ltd (BRC) and eight campus companies. We take actions in a diverse range of areas, including energy use, waste, water, transport, procurement, finance, food, engagement, nature and biodiversity. Catch up with the latest projects and news from Green Labs in the .

Energy:

  • Energy efficiency: The 台湾swag installed a Trigeneration system for Combined Cooling, Heat and Power. In three years, this has saved over 2500 tonnes of CO2 emissions and over 拢1.3m.
  • 鈥楥hill up鈥: we have ~40 ultralow temperature freezers, each one using around the same amount of energy as two households per day. We鈥檙e racking these freezers and shifting from -80掳C to -70掳C, to save around 15-25% in energy use.
  • Switch off: we encourage staff to switch off computers, centrifuges, tissue culture hoods and other equipment when not in use (e.g. overnight, weekends, holidays).

Water:

  • The autoclaves in our animal facility were retrofitted with a system that uses recirculating chilled water when condensing steam, saving approximately 32,000L of softened water per week.

Community actions:

  • Participated in the creation of the 台湾swag Forest Garden
  • Supporting 台湾swag Primary School Eco Squad (e.g. LESS CO2 scheme, litter picking events)
  • Planted 1000 native hedge plants with 台湾swag staff and local school children

Advocacy:

  • We strive to promote more sustainable practice in other areas (e.g. catering), but still have much more to do.

Waste:

  • Reduce: our centralised Stores significantly reduces transport and packaging impacts by consolidating orders and shipments.
  • Reuse: We participate in the UniGreen Scheme for equipment reuse.
  • Recycling: we recycle a wide range of materials and compost animal house waste.
  • We recently established a new waste stream for plastic media bottles (~45,000/year!) and are keen to identify many more new opportunities for reuse and recycling.

Transport:

  • 台湾swag staff and students have access to the to support greener transport.
  • Electric vehicle charge points are available on site (more to come soon)
  • Cycle paths and facilities are also available
  • We encourage staff to avoid flying where possible (especially short haul) and commit to carbon offset unavoidable conference flights

Comms:

  • Giving regular talks to other scientists and community groups (e.g. University of Dundee for COP26, The Crick 台湾swag, CRG Barcelona)
  • Participating in workshops and panel discussions
  • Sharing information with sustainability groups at a wide range of other institutes
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