University energy manager wins top public sector award

Reading’s Dan Fernbank took home the Public Sector Energy Manager of the Year at the 2019 Energy Management Awards

The University of Reading’s energy and sustainability manager has won a top industry award.

Dan Fernbank took home the Public Sector Energy Manager of the Year at the 2019 Energy Management Awards, held at ExCeL London last month.

Fernbank, said the judges, had “overseen an impressive reduction in the organisation’s carbon footprint which has put the organisation as a leader in their sector. His drive is encouraging others to learn from the experiences and promoting the industry to future energy and sustainability professionals.”


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Initiatives introduced since Fernbank took the helm of the university’s sustainability services team in 2011 include:

  • Ensuring the university met its 35% carbon reduction target in 2016 (compared to its baseline 2008/09 emissions)
  • Introducing a campus-wide refillable bottle scheme in 2017, helping to reduce the number of single-use plastic bottles on campus by more than 150,000
  • Recycling more than 100,000 coffee cups since March 2018
  • A major expansion of the university’s solar panel programme, with more than 1,000 individual panels now installed across campus

“As a university with extensive expertise on climate change it is only natural that sustainability is at the heart of everything we do,” said Fernbank.

“Support and investment from the senior leadership of the university has enabled us to put many of these initiatives and practices into place, but it is participation of our staff and students that have helped us to achieve the fantastic results we have.”

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