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Launch of Daresbury Green Group to address environmental issues

17 January 2020

A group of eco-minded staff at Daresbury Laboratory have come together to create a ‘green team’ - sharing ideas and implementing changes relating to the environment and sustainability.

The Daresbury Green Group has a remit to reduce the carbon footprint of the Sci-Tech Daresbury campus, and make it a cleaner, greener place to work. This could be through small grass roots projects, or bigger infrastructure changes.

There are a variety of areas the group plans to investigate. These include:

  • Travel
  • Energy usage
  • Food and drink
  • Waste and recycling
  • Wildlife and green spaces

The creation of the Daresbury Green Group coincides with a series of talks from UK Research and Innovation about environmental sustainability. Candice Snelling, Deputy Head of Sustainability at NERC visited Daresbury Laboratory to highlight UKRI’s ambitions to address environmental sustainability challenges while delivering world-class science and research. The new Environmental Sustainability Strategy for UKRI is to be presented to the UKRI Board for approval in March 2020. 

Individuals from across the Sci-Tech Daresbury campus are invited to join the group – ensuring that any changes made can benefit all the businesses on the site. Ideas submitted so far range from small changes such as the removal of single-use plastic from catering services to substantial infrastructure ideas such as solar car parks.

Head of Daresbury Laboratory Susan Smith, hopes to see the group thrive: “UKRI is keen to see sustainability embedded in everything that we do, and the fact that individuals are keen to take a lead on environmental issues on site I think is a great development. I can't wait to see what ideas the group bring to fruition.”

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Last updated: 17 January 2020


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