King’s College London have spearheaded a Green Labs programme which has not only led to significant energy savings, it has also improved science.
This programme has been two-pronged between awards driven user-engagement, and estates led projects. Benefits include £100,000 annual savings in electricity and water though extend beyond with reduced wash times and heat loads, improved environment and engagement, and sustainable procurement practices.
User-engagement was predominantly via our 2016 Lab Awards with 15 research groups participating in the programme. This not only formalised good practice but galvanised participants, culminating in a final ceremony led by our principal. Furthermore sustainability is now growing in its integration with future planning of research facilities – hopefully this can serve as an example for similar institutions growing their research facilities.
1 Improving the sustainability of laboratories doesn’t just reduce energy consumption, it also brings down overall research costs and improves the environment for workers
2 There is a great desire from scientists and facilities management alike to work better together, and to improve their services
3 Full integration of sustainability and science is seamless – i.e. sustainability doesn’t need to stand out, and should appear as vital to the science itself.
CO2t Savings: 125 tonnes
No. of yrs: Annually over 10yrs