UCL is using a number of technologies to help reduce the carbon emissions – and energy costs – associated with our estate.
We have been squeezing solar panels in wherever we can and in 2019 we generated 69,750kWh from our onsite solar panels!
- Find out which buildings have solar panels.
Heating and cooling improvements
UCL is investing in more efficient heating and cooling systems, gradually retiring or upgrading older equipment. In many of our buildings, waste heat is recovered from ventilation systems to help reduce energy use. We’re also making improvements to building fabric – insulating roofs and installing double glazing. Plus, by connecting our room booking system to our heating control system, unoccupied rooms are not heated unnecessarily.
- Read about upgrading UCL's heating system
New LED lights
By replacing high-energy use incandescent lamps with LED downlighters we are able to reduce energy usage.
- We are switching off non-critical lighting, heating and ventilation systems or putting them into lower power modes outside peak hours across the campus.
Read Changes to building opening hours to combat climate change.
- We have trialled 'switch-off' teams to switch off lights at the end of the day. Read UCL launches 'switch-off team' to reduce energy wastage.
- We’re reviewing the opening hours of many of our buildings to ensure that we’re not providing heating, cooling and lighting when few people are around.