University of Limerick scores high for green ranking in world poll

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

THE UNIVERSITY of Limerick has been ranked as one of Ireland’s top ‘green’ universities due to its environmentally friendly credentials.

THE UNIVERSITY of Limerick has been ranked as one of Ireland’s top ‘green’ universities due to its environmentally friendly credentials.

Universitas Indonesia have released the results of its green metric ranking of world universities, giving UL the number two slot among Irish universities. This is the second year of this ranking system, which allows universities in both the developed and developing world to compare their efforts towards campus sustainability.

According to the survey, UL excelled in the number of waste reduction initiatives being implemented on campus, including paper and plastic usage reduction, recycling and creating a smoke-free campus.

UL energy manager Chris Fogarty said a lot of these initiatives are self-financing and make commercial sense.

“UL is committed to reducing the CO2 intensity of our buildings by 24% by 2016. To achieve this aim we commit to reducing the combined energy intensity of our buildings in terms of electricity and gas by 10% and 5% respectively.”

The entire UL campus covers 134,000 square metres, with as much as 80% of that figure comprising areas of vegetation.