The University uses gas to heat nearly all our buildings, and many are heated above required temperatures for longer than is needed. This leads to waste heating.
This waste heating also leads to the unnecessary use of fossil fuels. Although we have made strides on climate action, to continue to reduce emissions in line with our climate commitments, we also have to tackle more complex issues like our use of natural gas for heating.
We are introducing a new Thermal Comfort policy that will help us cut our use of fossil fuels and manage the cost of our utility bills, which have increased greatly, while also ensuring a comfortable environment in spaces being used by students and staff.
Fully implementing this policy could reduce our emissions by an estimated 1,692 tonnes of CO2 a year. This is 12% of our annual Scope 1&2 (energy-related) emissions and the equivalent to around 750 UK homes’ annual heating emissions.
So from Friday 15 December heating will be switched off in buildings other than student accommodation at night and weekends, except in areas where temperature is critical, for example research projects.
If you’re studying or working in University buildings between 8am and 7pm, Monday to Friday, you should not notice the difference as the target internal temperature range for occupied rooms is 18°C to 20°C during their operational hours and buildings will retain heat into the evening.
The Library will be heated 24/7. We will work closely with the SU to monitor usage and if necessary open and heat additional study space, depending on demand.
The Sports Training Village (STV) will be heated during its opening hours.
If you need heating or ventilation outside 8am to 7pm, Monday to Friday, please talk to a member of staff.
How you can help
- Keep heat in the building by closing doors and windows as appropriate
- Ensure radiators and convectors are not blocked with furniture, clothing, towels etc
- Please do not use portable heaters, they can mislead building sensors and cause the whole building heating to shut down. They also pose safety risks and cause a significant amount of emissions.