Glyndwr University aims to set the standard in carbon management after slashing its emissions by 6%.
The university, which has campuses in Wrexham, St Asaph and Northop, moved 45 places up the Green League ranking, putting it among the most eco-friendly higher education institutions in the UK.
A report by the Carbon Trust in Wales and Hefcw, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, praised the university for achieving the savings.
Now Glyndwr University is targeting a 20% reduction in emissions by 2015, and aims to reduce them further by 34% by 2020.
Glyndwr’s energy and maintenance manager Paul Wright said the university will aim to maintain and continue to improve on its performance in 2012.
He said: “Low-cost actions have included the refurbishment of water efficiency equipment, improved controls for electrical equipment and the gas boiler as well as upgrades to lighting.
“The university is also considering a programme of investment in new equipment which will deliver long-term savings.”
Prepared by Verco, the Higher Education Carbon Management Review of Welsh universities assessed Glyndwr’s current status and commitment towards carbon management.
The report revealed that a new carbon management team had been in place at Glyndwr University since mid-2011.
Energy data is currently collected manually and a subcontractor is used to assist with monitoring and targeting, although this is soon to be replaced by a Digital Energy aM&T system which is being commissioned.
Overall the report concluded that the university prepared a good Carbon Management Plan and appears poised to be a leader in carbon management amongst HEI’s in Wales, provided that sufficient financial and human resources are maintained through the plan period.
Vice-Chancellor Michael Scott welcomed the report and praised the university’s energy management team.
Prof Scott said: “This is fabulous news. At Glyndwr University we know how important it is to reduce our carbon footprint, now and in the future.
“I am pleased with the results and would like to thank everyone for their hard work in achieving this.”