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UCL's People & Planet University League 2015 score

Compiled by student campaigning organisation People & Planet, the University League is an independent ranking of UK universities on their environmental and ethical performance.  More...

Published: Jan 20, 2015 4:00:00 PM

Pop-up cycling cafes from London By Cycle

Never ridden a bike before but want to try? Got a new bike and looking for advice on good routes? Ride a little but wish you were more confident? Just want a free coffee and to chat about bikes? More...

Published: Jan 12, 2015 11:08:00 AM

The Christmas Switch Off: your impact

Congratulations to everyone who joined in with the Christmas Switch Off. The savings you’ve helped make really is proof that we can all play a part in improving UCL’s environmental impact.  More...

Published: Jan 9, 2015 9:50:00 AM

Free environmental auditor training for students and staff

The Sustainability Team is running free environmental auditor training sessions to cover the basics of how to undertake an audit, and to give an opportunity to conduct an audit of a UCL building.  More...

Published: Jan 8, 2015 11:53:00 AM

Bloomsbury Theatre’s energy savings

electricity usage is now down to less than 15 kWh a day; nearly seven times less

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Sitting at the heart of UCL’s Bloomsbury campus, the 535-seat Bloomsbury Theatre is used by UCL students for 12 weeks a year, with a range of comedy, opera and music events for the remainder of the time. 

The existing incandescent lighting scheme at the Bloomsbury Theatre dated back to its opening in 1968. Although this lighting offered the warmth and dimming capability that the theatre needed, it had become a drain on energy and resources. The incandescent lamps ‘popped’ so often that the theatre maintenance staff spent an average of four hours a week changing the dead bulbs.

Previously, the theatre’s 114 incandescent lamps (drawing combined nearly 7kw) used up to almost 100kWh of electricity a day.

Now the theatre has replaced their incandescent lamps with 114 LED downlighters (combined around 1kW). Their electricity usage is now down to less than 15 kWh a day; nearly seven times less. The LEDs also have an average lifespan of 30,000 hours, so instead of spending 2-4 hours a week changing lamps, they haven’t had to replace any since.

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