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About City


Carbon and Energy Management

Find out about carbon management and how it affects City.

What is City doing?

City has implemented a number of carbon and energy reduction initiatives as part of its Carbon Management Programme. Our overall target is to reduce carbon emissions by 43% by 2020 (against 2005/06 baseline figures). We are already on track to achieve this and have won numerous awards for our carbon reduction progress.

Carbon Management

  • City is dedicated to improving carbon management and our Carbon Management Plan has been agreed with the Carbon Trust as part of our participation in their Higher Education Carbon Management (HECM) Programme.
  • The Plan commits City to reduce its carbon emissions by 30% by 2015 and 43% by 2020 (against 2005/06 baseline figures) through a variety of initiatives, including awareness campaigns, the use of renewable energy sources and provision of energy saving devices in new and refurbished buildings.
  • City's carbon footprint now stands at 6,632 tonnes per annum, a reduction of 48% against the 2005/06 baseline year.
  • City is also committed to the Islington Climate Change Partnership (ICCP), and has exceeded the 15% reduction target by 2011 set by ICCP.
  • City has signed up to the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRCEES), a mandatory initiative introduced in 2010 which requires private and public sector organisations using more than 6,000 MWh of electricity each year (equivalent to an annual electricity bill of about £500,000) to measure and report on their carbon emissions. City ranks as the most energy efficient university in London and 9th in the UK and ranks as the 155th greenest overall out of 2,000 organisations across the UK.
  • City has attained the British Standards Institute's Kitemark for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Verification.

Energy Management

  • Various energy-saving projects put into place since 2005/06 have saved City over 10,000 tonnes of CO2.
  • Gas consumption since 2006 has almost halved.
  • New heating, ventilation and air conditioning units have been installed.
  • Energy efficient technology and materials are being installed where possible on all new and refurbishment projects (e.g. presence-detecting lights and lighting controls; energy-efficient hand dryers; etc.)
  • City installed in 2009 a 30kWp photovoltaic (PV) array consisting of 172 solar panels which generate electricity from daylight and is expected to save City around 12 tonnes of CO2 annually.
  • City has installed automatic meter reading (AMR) to all its gas and electricity meters and is using that information to monitor and target energy initiatives.
  • A new powerPerfector unit was installed in August 2011 that will optimise our electrical supply voltage and in doing so save 355 tonnes of carbon emissions each year and reduce £81,700 from our annual energy spend.
  • A Combined Cooling, Heating and Power (CCHP) plant is currently being installed at the Northampton Square site and is due for completion by May 2012. This new £5million project will enable City to generate its own power, will save us around £469,000 annually on utility costs, and will account for a third of our 43% reduction target.

Recycling and Waste Management

Find out what City, University of London is doing to encourage more recycling and to reduce the amount of waste we produce.

What is City doing?

City is committed to ensuring that zero waste goes to landfill, as highlighted in its Waste Management Policy and Waste Management Strategy.

What can you do?

Find new ways to avoid waste in the first place. If you must get rid of something, please recycle it.  Most waste at City can be recycled, including including food and most food packaging. Anything that cannot be recycled is sent off to be converted to energy and not to landfill.Please see below for the different things that can be recycled:

Mixed Recycling (Dry)

Look for the recycling bins across campus. They will all have the dry recycling label on them with further details about what can go in the bins.

You can dispose of all your mixed dry recycling in these bins:

  • Paper and Card
  • Plastic Bottles
  • Food and Drink cans
  • Glass

Please ensure all containers are empty of food and liquids before putting in the recycling bins.

Food waste

Food waste bins can be found in catering outlets and office kitchens.

You can dispose of all your food waste in these bins:

  • Cooked and uncooked food (excluding liquids)
  • Tea and coffee grounds

All other Recycling

If you have any items for recycling  not listed below, please contact the Sustainability Team to arrange an alternative collection.

Broken glass

Broken glass should be put into a separate box or wrapped carefully in cardboard or a thick envelope and clearly marked as 'BROKEN GLASS'. Please contact your local facilities team to collect. Do not put broken glass into any of the waste or recycling bins.


Batteries can be disposed of in one of the battery bins located at:

  • University Building (Level 1 main walkway, outside the Refectory)
  • Rhind Building (Ground floor, next to lifts)
  • Myddelton Street Building (Ground floor, reception area)


Clean clothes can be recycled in the clothes collection bin on the walkway. Clothes collected are sent to Traid for reuse.

Computers and any other electrical equipment

Any electrical equipment that has a lead and a plug must be disposed of according to the WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) directive.

To dispose of computers and laptops, please contact the IT Service Desk at www.city.ac.uk/itservicedesk who will arrange for the item to be collected and data cleansed.

For all other electrical items, please contact your local facilities team for further instructions.

Confidential waste

Large amounts of confidential waste should be disposed of in special 'confidential' bags which can be sealed and collected separately. Contact your local facilities team to arrange.


Furniture should be reused wherever possible. Otherwise, please contact your local facilities team to arrange disposal. Furniture will generally be held in a central place for reuse, or donated to charities.

Printer and toner cartridges

At Northampton Square, all HP toner cartridges purchased through the Computer Shop should be returned to the Computer Shop for recycling.  All other cartridges should be collected in a special bag that can be acquired from domestics@city.ac.uk. These bags will hold around 15-50 cartridges, depending on their sizes.

All other sites should contact their local facilities team on how best to dispose of cartridges.

Writing Instuments

City is working in partnership with Terracycle to recycle writing instruments which will go towards raising money for WaterAid. 2 points will be awarded for each item collected.  Each point is worth a 1 penny donation to WaterAid.

Writing instruments (pens, highlighters, markers, correction tape and correction fluid (but NOT pencils)) can be recycled in one of the pen recycling bins located around campus.  Bins can be found in the Students' Union shop, Student Centre, main Library, Drysdale seating area outside Careers Centre, and in the University Building Level 1 main walkway (one next to the Tapwater machine in Tait Building and another outside the student cafeteria).

General waste

General waste bins should only be used as a last resort and should include food-contaminated items, crisp packets, sweet wrappers, disposable coffee cups, paper towels and expanded polystyrene.


City is committed to mitigating our impacts on biodiversity by incorporating the principles of conservation into estate planning and management, and by preserving and enhancing existing habitats where possible on campus.

A biodiversity baseline survey was conducted in 2012, which led to the development of a new Biodiversity Strategy in 2013.

There are already a number of initiatives underway at City which are contributing to biodiversity efforts, including:

  • A vegetable garden for staff and student volunteers to tend and enjoy;
  • Green space in the College Courtyard area, which includes a green wall and green roof, plus seating for a relaxing environment;
  • Drysdale Garden which includes additional green space and seating area for staff and students;
  • A beehive on the roof of the Library.
  • For more information or to get involved in the gardening or beekeeping at City, please email sustainable_city@city.ac.uk.

Cycling initiatives at City

City actively supports cycling and walking as part of its Green Travel Plan, which aims to reduce the environmental impacts of travel generated by City's staff, students and daily activities.  Cycling and walking are great ways to get around London. Not only will you reduce your carbon footprint, but you'll save money and get fit at the same time.

Bike Parking

  • (for 100 bikes) -  bike parking is located at the main Northampton Square site, in the Drysdale garden.  Permanent bike parking facilities will be installed in Spring 2019.

Cycle-to-work scheme

For STAFF only. Cyclescheme is available for staff wishing to obtain bikes and safety equipment for travelling to work. Contact Human Resources on 020 7040 3085 for further details.

Bike doctor visits

Free bike maintenance sessions with the Bikeologist will return when the campus reopens, check back here for updated dates then

Further travel details

View maps and plan your journey to City.

Join the City cycling mailing list to receive updates on facilities, events and other cycling-related initiatives. Send an email to sustainable_city@city.ac.uk to be added to the mailing list.