Leading the way in sustainability
At Loughborough University sustainability is key. Through our cutting-edge research we are helping the world to tackle global warming by developing new technologies that reduce carbon emissions, preserve the earth's environment and resources, and provide clean energy for all.
As an organisation we are committed to ensuring we operate in a sustainable way. We work with our own academics, and others across the sector, to ensure that innovative ideas are considered for application in the management of our own campus.
We enhance the sustainability of the campus by the adoption of appropriate techniques and technologies to make Loughborough one of the UK's leading exemplars of sustainability in the academic sector.
The University is internationally acclaimed for its research in the area of sustainability. It is home to the world leading CREST (Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology) and in 2006 launched a Sustainability Research School. The School brings together a multi-disciplinary team of experts in sustainability-related research from across the University, and promotes collaboration with other academic institutions and industry.
In recognition of its research expertise in this field Loughborough, in partnership with the Universities of Birmingham and Nottingham and with support from the East Midlands Development Agency (emda) and Advantage West Midlands, was chosen to host the Government’s new £1 billion national Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) to help accelerate the UK's transition to a low-carbon economy. The headquarters of the ETI are now based at the University.
A hydrogen refuelling station has also been installed at the campus, which will enable Loughborough to drive forward its research in this area, as well as provide a refuelling service to non-polluting hydrogen vehicles used by campus-based organisations.
In April 2010, Loughborough University achieved the Bronze EcoCampus award for the phased implementation of an Environmental Management System.
To achieve Bronze the University has provided evidence to show planning for our own Environmental Management System and that we have senior management commitment, environmental awareness training, completed a baseline environmental review and produced a draft Environmental Policy.
This achievement means we now have an externally audited and accredited Environmental Management System in place giving cohesion to the excellent work going on across the many disciplines on campus that feed into the sustainability strategy. As this is an operational system we will be expected to show continual improvement and the next phase is Silver which the University will begin working towards this Summer.
Finding out more
You can read more about the University's commitment to Sustainability on our Sustainability website »