LEAF - Laboratory Efficiency Assessment Framework
What is LEAF?
Laboratory-based research is essential for advancing society but it is also extremely energy and resource intensive. It’s estimated that laboratories are responsible for around 2% of global plastic waste and use 3-10 times more energy per meter squared than a typical office.
By joining the LEAF programme, laboratories reduce their carbon emissions and create an environment that supports research quality.
Laboratories are awarded either a Bronze, Silver, or Gold level depending on how many sustainability actions they take.
The LEAF programme comprises four elements:
- The Framework: An online tool that guides users through sustainability actions to save plastics, water, energy and other resources in their laboratory.
- Online calculators: To help measure financial and carbon impact. You can estimate how sustainable your lab is now and track improvements.
- Toolkit and Resources: From guides to sustainable lab equipment and consumables to induction and exit procedures.
- User Engagement & Training: We offer each institution a tailored workshop to engage laboratory staff and students on sustainable science, and to introduce LEAF.
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How to make your Lab more sustainable
While doing both Green Impact Labs and LEAF is feasible, we recommend selecting a single programme for your lab spaces.