Carbon Smart have been working closely with the university’s facilities management department to identify the key opportunities for resource efficiency and the key barriers.
Office furniture was highlighted due to the high annual spend on new furniture. It was found that there was significant potential to improve resource efficiency through redeployment of furniture that is no longer needed in a particular area.
Since the completion of the resource optimisation review, in March 2013, MMU have implemented the main recommendation from the report – to develop an internal furniture reuse programme. It is anticipated that this project will divert a significant amount of the 30 tonnes per year of office furniture currently disposed offsite for internal reuse, with the programme predicted to save the University over £40,000 in procurement and disposal costs and around 90 tonnes of CO2e.
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