Sustainable development

Sustainable buildings and initiatives

Energy Dashboard

UCLan is delighted that a recent survey showed a significant number of staff and students actively tried to reduce energy consumption on campus.

You can now explore the University’s energy consumption on the UCLan Energy Dashboard, which is now live. The dashboard allows you to see how much gas, electricity and water we use on the Preston Campus, the volume of CO2 produced and how much we spend.

The dashboard includes a coloured map of the UCLan Campus, showing the energy status of the UCLan buildings:

Red = Warning high consumption
Amber = Act now to reduce consumption
Green =Well done kWh/£ on target
Buildings that are grey do not currently have meter reading equipment
Each month we aim to make other buildings green on the dashboard, in conjunction with the ‘Go Green’ campaign.

For the ‘Go Green’ campaign to succeed we need the support of all UCLan students and staff. To turn a building green on the energy dashboard we need people to reduce energy consumption; whether by turning monitors off at lunch times, overnights & weekends, only boiling enough water for your needs, ditching the electric heater.

We also want to hear about your efforts; email through the dashboard or follow us on Twitter #UCLanGreenTeam. Together we can reduce the impact UCLan has on the environment and save the University money.


Carbon Management Plan

UCLan produced its first Carbon Management Plan (CMP) in 2007, this was upgraded in 2010. The latest CMP covers our strategy to reduce our carbon emissions for 2015-2020, find out more (.pdf 821kb)

The annual update covering the academic year 2015/2016 can be viewed now.

Carbon Reduction Projects


  • LED lighting upgrade in the Opportunities Centre in the Student Union
  • LED lighting upgrade to Eden Halls
  • LED lighting upgrade to Adelphi conference centre
  • The hand dryers in C&T have been upgraded to more energy efficient models


  • LED lighting upgrades to Maudland corridors
  • LED lighting upgrades to Media Factory corridors
  • LED lighting upgrade to Vernon Galleries
  • LED installed in the CAS hubs in Foster, C&T and Greenbank
  • LED lighting upgrades in Victoria corridors


  • Greenbank building biomass boiler, burning woodchips instead of gas will save around 200t/CO2 per annum
  • Proximity air conditioning controls trial is currently being carried out in Brook building, to ensure the air conditioning switches off when the room is empty
  • LED lighting & controls installed within Darwin and Harrington buildings
  • LED lighting upgrades to Foster building corridors
  • LED lighting upgrade to the Atrium in the Student Union Building


  • Fume cupboard controls have been installed in Maudland building to reduce the amount of energy it takes to extract the air
  • LED lighting upgrades and controls have been installed across campus, including Greenbank, Harrington and Brook buildings
  • Lighting upgrades in C&T & Victoria building toilet areas
  • Various car park lighting across Preston campus has been changed to LED
  • Douglas Halls of Residence main corridor lights have been changed to LED fittings


  • Roeburn Halls of Residence corridor & stairway lights changed to LED
  • Bore hole installed at UCLan Sports Arena. Water is extracted from the ground, then used it to irrigate the pitches
  • Improvements made to Victoria and Vernon buildings air tightness to reduce the amount of draughts. Improving occupants comfort levels and reducing the amount of heat lost through the windows.
  • New efficient boilers installed in Adelphi building, phase II


  • Boiler optimisation controls fitted to various boilers on campus to reduce the amount of times the boilers switch on/off. Saving energy and reducing maintenance costs
  • Vernon building oil boilers removed & gas boilers installed. Carbon emissions are less for natural gas than they are for heating oil.
  • Heating zone valves installed Leighton to provide greater comfort to occupants and enable less disruption when maintenance on the system is carried out
  • Adelphi solar thermal installed, using the power of the sun to pre-heat the water used in the building
  • Foster building refurbishment work included new LED lights in the refectory & lecture theatres


  • Thermographic study carried out on Preston campus. This was carried out to check what heat loss, if any, was occurring through the building fabric
  • Insulation fitted to boiler rooms & radiator pipes across campus to minimise heat loss
  • New heating boilers & Combined Heat & Power (CHP) units installed at Harrington & Student Union buildings


    Energy Policy and Strategy

    UCLan’s Energy Policy and Strategy is endorsed by the Director of Facilities Management. The Policy and Strategy demonstrates the University's commitment to reducing the environmental impact of our energy demands.