Cardiff Metropolitan University

A 7 year Partnership that has accrued more than £1m of savings and reduced the carbon footprint by 15%

The Client

Cardiff Metropolitan University provides education and training opportunities that are accessible, flexible and of the highest quality. Cardiff Metropolitan has been acknowledged as the “greenest university” in Wales and one of the best across the UK. The University has been a customer of RUMM for over 7 years and the saving accrued are in excess of £1m.

The Brief

As part of the Partnership, RUMM were asked to work with Cardiff Metropolitan to focus upon increasing staff and student engagement by utilising the RUMM aM&T system to provide regular reporting. The goal was to provide reliable and accurate data to inform and motivate management throughout the university.

The Method

Working together, RUMM and Cardiff Metropolitan developed a 5-year plan to reduce utility consumption by 3% per annum. Monthly bespoke reports are prepared and presented to key managers within the University, detailing performance within their respective areas. RUMM’s energy account managers work closely with staff to identify and support Cardiff Metropolitan in realising savings.

Regular meetings are held in order to highlight opportunities for improvement and suggest practical ways in which these can be addressed.

The Results

All targets have so far been exceeded, and Cardiff Metropolitan is has to:
• Realised financial savings in excess of £1 million
• Achieved a reduction in its CO2 emissions by more than 15% which is equivalent to the amount of carbon annually absorbed by a forest of 650,000 trees
• Reduced water consumption by more than 45,000 m3 which is equivalent to 18 Olympic-sized swimming pools
These excellent results have contributed to Cardiff Metropolitan attaining its position as the greenest university in Wales.

Click here for the link to the People and Planet League Table.

The Carbon Trust wrote an editorial on the success of the Behaviour Change Program employed at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Click here for the link to the YouTube video of this editorial.

Why it Worked – behaviour change

The key to this project has been an increase in staff interest and engagement stemming from the provision of useful information. Provided with regular feedback, people have responded to achieve necessary reduction targets.

“Cardiff Metropolitan University has been delighted with how successful the aM&T methodology has proven in comparison with the more conventional approach involving technical projects”

-Paul Manley, Cardiff Metropolitan University