Welcome to the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science green impact blog page.  It aims to offer tips and advice on how staff can contribute to reducing the School’s carbon impact. For further information on carbon management please visit the University’s environmental website at http://www.qub.ac.uk/carbon.

Reducing Plastic Waste


A plastic bottle can remain up to 450 years in the ocean.  One million plastic bottles are bought every minute in the world.  Over the coming year, we aim to reduce our plastic usage at EEECS.  Please join in by thinking of your plastic waste and taking the following simple steps:

  1. Use  a reusable water bottle – drinking water taps are situated across EEECS buildings
  2. Carry a travel mug  – particularly for cross-site meetings
  3. Use reusable shopping bags and lunch bags
  4. Say no to plastic straws and cutlery
  5. Ice cream cones rather than plastic tubs!

Reusable Coffee Cups to Reduce Waste

Roughly 2.5 billion coffee cups are thrown away each year in the UK.   Several high street retailers offer discounts to customers that bring a reusable cup instead of using a take-away cup, and also sell reusable cups.  The AWARE and ECIT AWARE teams encourage everyone to use their own coffee mugs and cups, and avoid single-use items.

Customers with reusable cups can avail of the following discounts off hot drinks at coffee shops:

  • Starbucks offer 25p discount
  • Costa offer 25p discount
  • Pret a manger offers 50p discount
  • Krem in ECIT offer a large coffee for the price of a regular with a reusable cup

Many other outlets have similar rewards or discounts – enquire at your local coffee shop and contribute towards reducing the many coffee cups wasted each year!

Energy Consumption in EEECS

Electricity usage:

1,323,245 kWh

Target Electricity usage:

1,092,820 kWh



Electrical (kwh) consumption over the past year has been outside of target figures set by the University by approximately +21%.  For this year our rating remains ‘Red’, which is indicative of the heavy compute and systems load within the school. For reference the target/actual power usage is given below.  Note the ‘dip’ at the end which correlates to the Christmas break where most non-essential equipment was turned off.

Let’s work together to try and minimise any potentially excessive usage by actively monitoring and powering down all unnecessary equipment within your sphere of influence.

Note: Access to all data on energy usage is available through your QUB online carbon management reports



Green Week 2018 – AWARE/ECIT AWARE competition

Thanks to everyone who forwarded suggestions to the AWARE and ECIT AWARE teams during QUB Green Week.   The winners of the Green Week AWARE competition with the most innovative suggestions  are Jacob Steadman and Gill Graham – congratulations!

The AWARE and ECIT AWARE teams always welcome any new suggestions, ideas and involvement from all staff and students in EEECS and ECIT throughout the year.  Please get in touch with any member of the AWARE teams.

Sustainable Local Food

Sustainable food is generally considered to be food that is produced, processed and traded in ways that:

  • Contribute to thriving local economies and sustainable livelihoods – both in the UK & Ireland and, in the case of imported products, in producer countries
  • Protect the diversity of both plants and animals (and the welfare of farmed and wild species), and avoids damaging natural resources and contributing to climate change
  • Provide social benefits, such as good quality, safe and healthy products, and educational opportunities.

At QUB we recognise that it is our responsibility to encourage our suppliers and contractors to minimise negative environmental and social effects associated with their products and services they provide. Why not check out the following local food markets, such as St George’s market?

Other ways you can get involved is to consider Meatless Mondays, or Tupperware Tuesdays.  By reducing meat once a week or having lunch in reusable containers, we can contribute to reducing our carbon footprint and reduce waste.

Paper usage in EEECS

Paper is one of our most commonly used resources in EEECS.   In 2017, over 800 reams of paper were used within the Ashby and ECIT alone.  In the next year we aim to minimise our use of paper.  Everyone can play a part in reducing waste!

To reduce our paper usage, please consider the following actions:

  • Use duplex printing
  • Reuse one-sided used paper for notes and memos
  • Only print what you need
  • Use screens in meeting rooms to display agendas and materials
  • Circulate materials online using Sharepoint or Email