Sustainability is a key priority for Plymouth Science Park, and we are always looking for ways to better protect the natural environment and minimise our carbon footprint.
Below are just some of the measures we are adopting to support businesses who want to develop and grow sustainability.
We have been installing solar panels on the Park since 2014. To date we have installed just under 1,000 solar panels across 5 of our buildings and since 2014 have produced enough electricity to reduce our carbon footprint by 314 tCO2e. On some of these installations we have been delighted to work in collaboration with Plymouth Energy Community with whom we have an ongoing relationship. We will continue to expand our solar installations further by adding at least a further 50kwP capacity.
In 2020 we embarked on a three year programme to source all our electricity from green energy suppliers.
We have rolled out a programme of works to upgrade traditional internal and external lights to energy efficient light emitting diodes (LED).
In our carbon reduction plan for the period to 2030 we recognise that one of our most difficult challenges is reducing the energy used to heat our buildings. We are concentrating initially on ways to reduce energy and are pleased to be looking at this challenge with support from University of Plymouth led Low Carbon Devon and Impact Lab projects.
We have 10 electric vehicle charging points on site to support our tenant’s to switch to electric vehicles. This installation was supported by funding from Plymouth City Council as part of a wider city initiative.
The availability of cycle storage facilities and showers support our community in making green travel and healthy lifestyle choices.
We have removed plastic products from our meeting room supplies and are part of the national “Refill Scheme”, which encourages the use of reusable water bottles rather than buying new ones. To support this we have installed a refill station, making chilled, filtered water easily available for tenants and visitors.
We also prioritise recycling and work with a “zero to landfill” waste contractor.
“We are committed to providing environmentally sustainable office space for businesses and are working on a number of initiatives to reduce our carbon footprint. As well as responding to businesses’ desire to improve their green credentials, we are also proud to support the City Council’s ambitions of making Plymouth a carbon neutral city.”
Ian Pearce, Finance Director at Plymouth Science Park
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