Leading by example – Oxford University curbs its water consumption

Oxford University’s Annual Review 2011/12 reveals that total University mains water consumption fell 8.2% during the year, saving nearly 29 million litres.

This reduction was achieved by implementing the first year of the University’s Water Management Strategy. Actions included upgrading equipment in departments and ongoing washroom refurbishment. Indirect carbon emissions due to the energy used for abstraction, processing and transportation of mains water also fell by 8.2%.

Environmental sustainability is an important concern for the University. A wide range of activities are implemented to reduce the environmental impact of its departments and colleges. The Water Management Strategy sits alongside other strategies, including carbon management, zero waste, sustainable travel and biodiversity.

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