The College is committed to the reduction of carbon emissions, and takes every opportunity during refurbishment work and routine maintenance to reduce its environmental impact. This includes installing energy efficient light bulbs and boiler upgrades.
The College is part of the Government scheme called the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme, a mandatory scheme aimed at improving energy efficiency and associated carbon emissions in large public and private sector organisations. The scheme is intended to encourage organisations to reduce carbon emissions by reporting to the Government on all carbon emissions from various sources, mainly gas and electricity. The College is then charged for each tonne of emissions produced and placed in a reputational performance league table.
In addition, the College is part of the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), a mandatory energy assessment and energy saving identification scheme. St John’s has conducted energy audits to identify energy efficiency recommendations as required under the scheme, which has led to acceptance of joining the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), where financial Government support is provided, enabling us to continue to support green and renewable technologies, provide ongoing maintenance and servicing of existing equipment, and fund future renewable heat projects.
In the 2016-17 University Sustainability Showcase awards, the College won a Silver award. David Line, Domestic Stores Manager, won a Green Impact Staff Award and the students were highly commended in the Student Switch Off competition.