This year Stirling University has begun work on the Carbon Trust�s Carbon Management Programme for Universities. The University is part of phase 4 of the programme which there are 16 other universities taking part. This includes universities such as Lancaster University, Hull University, Glasgow University and Liverpool University. The pilot study and phases 2 and 3 have included 49 British Universities already. The main aim of the programme is to address the issue of climate change, which is agreed, is now taking place by environmental scientists and the majority. Stirling University�s aim is to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by examining both the staff and students energy, waste and travel usage and where carbon emissions can be reduced. There is a large team working on this project from a variety of departments and backgrounds.
This dissertation will be to address and hopefully show that carbon emissions and monetary costs for electricity and print consumables can be reduced for staff printing on the Stirling University campus. This not only includes the burning of fossil fuels to generate the electricity, but also takes into account the carbon emissions from the printers and print consumables, their manufacture, distribution and disposal. Although print management software can not be used to assess and run this project, due to the softwares initial costs, if the potential electricity, carbon and monetary savings will be presented and future print management software may become a possibility. This dissertation will try and show that electricity, carbon and monetary savings could be made by restricting staff to printing from a communal printer or communal multi � functional device (MFD) in the following departments; accounting and finance. applied social science, aquaculture, biological and environmental sciences, computing science and mathematics, economics, education, English Studies, film, media & journalism, history, languages, cultures and religions, law, management, marketing, nursing and midwifery and psychology.
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