Sustainable Lab Auditing (Waste, Energy, Water, Emissions, Discharges)
Duration 0.5 days
Team Staff Development
This course aims to provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills to: 

  • carry out laboratory desktop and lab waste audits
  • review, interpret and report on data
  • reduce costs and aid compliance by preventing wastes arising from workplace activities through laboratory waste audits
  • improve the management of wastes that are unavoidable through waste auditing
  • understand energy, emissions, the carbon footprint of laboratories, and how this fits into the University strategy
  • improve efficiency, safety, security and compliance in conjunction
  • quantify and reduce energy and water consumption through equipment management and behaviour
  • apply Whole life costing (WLC) to equipment and consumable purchases
  • identify more sustainable products and services over others, and to generate procurement criteria
  • check feasibility, and apply for a ‘green grant’
  • apply circular economy principles
  • recognise tender opportunities and how they can be financially and environmentally effective

For / Special Requirements The course is targeted at: 

  • Laboratory Managers
  • Laboratory Technicians
  • H&S Managers 

Objectives Labs account for 40% of our utility (energy, water, waste) budget and therefore 40% of our environmental impact. In comparison, they only take up 6% of our campus spatially. We are aiming to become a carbon neutral institution by 2030, therefore it’s imperative that we operate our labs as sustainably and efficiently as possible. We are also operating under circular economy principles, viewing waste as a resource. This training is designed to highlight the contribution that all members of staff can make towards this goal, and the costs of good practice vs. bad practice.
Course charges This course is delivered in-house and at no costs to delegates. Please be aware that failure to cancel your place three full working days before a course or failure to attend a course will incur a £50 charge to your School or Department.


Further information The University has a statutory Duty of Care to ensure any healthcare (clinical) waste that it sends to incineration or alternative for treatment is audited on an annual basis. This is directed under the Environment Agency's Pre-Acceptance Audits Guidance 2010. Failure to produce these audits may result in the University's waste being refused from disposal sites.
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