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We’re playing our part in tackling the climate emergency in our region.

Our role in Coventry and Warwickshire

As part of our wider programme for sustainable and transformative change in Coventry and Warwickshire, we held a Sustainable Coventry and Warwickshire symposium in October 2021 to explore sustainability across a spectrum of areas.

Margot James, Executive Chair of WMG at the University of Warwick is the chair of the new Coventry Climate Board.

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We are on a journey to becoming sustainable. We are determined that our research, our education programmes and how we operate make a positive impact in the world. Our sustainability strategy sets out the path that we are all on together.

Coventry Very Light Rail

Researchers from WMG, University of Warwick together with TDi Ltd, have been designing and building the new Coventry Very Light Rail (VLR) vehicle for Coventry City Council.

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Transport and mobility on campus

We are a partner for the Midlands Future Mobility programme, which is developing the environment that will play a crucial role in shaping the transport sector.

Our campus is part of a network of over 200 miles of roads in Coventry, Warwickshire, and Birmingham that will be used to gather useful data, measure public interaction, and monitor the technology in action.

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Painting the city green: Artistic public engagement for micromobility and more

We're working with Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, Coventry City Council and local community groups on a Green Micromobilities Living Laboratories project to co-create knowledge and a vision for a Micromobility Green Corridor between the University and the City.

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For more examples of how we are pointing the way ahead towards a better and fairer future for all, visit Research Stories | University of Warwick.

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Decarbonising industry and manufacturing in the Black Country

WMG and Loughborough’s School of Business and Economics are working with West Midlands Mayor Andy Street on a new project aimed at reducing the amount of industrial CO2 in the Black Country.

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Regional Energy System Operator Project (Coventry)

We worked in partnership with the West Midlands Combined Authority, Coventry City Council, the University of Birmingham and commercial partners to explore the advantages of a new kind of energy system operating at city scale to reduce carbon emissions and lower costs for consumers.

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Energy Efficiency in Foleshill (Coventry)

We're working with Coventry City Council, artists, researchers and the local community in Coventry on promoting energy efficiency improvements to house owners in Foleshill.

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For more examples of how we are pointing the way ahead towards a better and fairer future for all, visit Research Stories | University of Warwick.

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Our energy efficient Sports and Wellbeing Hub

Our Sports and Wellbeing Hub was designed and built with sustainability at its core. It has PV panels installed on the roof and extensive in-house monitoring took place once the building was opened to identify further energy savings.

Within the first year, energy savings of more than £40,000 were being delivered with a carbon saving of approximately 98 tonnes. It has become the most energy efficient leisure centre in the UK, performing 27.5 percent better than CIBSE’s Energy Benchmark. In addition to the energy efficiency features of the building, the Hub has a wildflower area and wetland areas with greatly enhance the biodiversity of the campus and provide valuable habitat corridors to the surrounding area.

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Our Campus Energy Trail

You can find out how we're leading the way towards cleaner, more sustainable energy systems by following our Energy Trail.

The Energy Trail takes you to 22 points around campus where you will discover the ways we work to reduce energy consumption on campus.

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New eco park

We're developing plans for a beautiful new eco-park that creates a green ecological area with nature reserves, a recreational space for the whole community and our neighbours including walking and cycling paths, and a dedicated space for generating renewable energy.

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We’re protecting, creating and enhancing habitats and species within the campus and beyond and are part of the Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull Local Nature Partnership.

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Mobile healthy food market for Coventry

Our Warwick Obesity Network is collaborating with Coventry Foodbank on a project to refit an old St John's ambulance as a mobile healthy food market for Coventry. The mobile sales point for vegetables and fruits will serve neighbourhoods in Coventry where access to healthy food is low. In the long run, the van will also serve as a platform for “field experiments” to better understand the barriers to healthy diets.

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For more examples of how we are pointing the way ahead towards a better and fairer future for all, visit Research Stories | University of Warwick.

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