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University reveals eco improvements

Middlesex University has revealed a range of energy-saving measures after a poor showing in this year’s People and Planet’s Green League.

The table ranks UK universities in order of their environmental and ethical performance, on green issues such as energy consumption, waste creation and carbon emissions.

A total of 142 universities were monitored, with Middlesex ranked 111th, which was an improvement on last year’s position of 129.

Susie Page, environmental manager at Middlesex University, said: “We’re determined to move up the table and to do this we’ll need to show we have excellent sustainability policies and systems in place across the university.

“We’ve made progress this year by showing we’ll slash 20 per cent from our carbon emissions and by working harder with staff and students to tackle sustainability issues.”

Ms Page admitted the university has a lot to do, before outlining measures to tackle the problem.

She said: “Apart from a ‘living’ grass roof it will also have solar, thermal hot water and heating, natural ventilation and efficient lighting keeping energy use to an absolute minimum.”