The Laboratory Efficiency Assessment Framework (LEAF) is an innovative scheme to drive improvements in laboratory efficiency
LEAF is our sustainable labs accreditation programme on campus. It provides a framework for lab users to consider their working practices and improve their environmental performance. The scheme recognises all the great things you are already doing and provides a structure for planning your next steps. It covers energy use, equipment, space use, ventilation, procurement, waste, samples and chemicals.
The University has committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions for scope 1 and 2 by 2030, and for scope 3 by 2045. For us to achieve this we need to consider how we operate in all spaces across the University, including labs and workshops.
Laboratories and workshops are high resource use spaces which are estimated to use
Source: My Green Lab
LEAF helps you identify practical steps to make your lab more sustainable. It is usually done in teams. Participants complete a set of criteria to reach Bronze, Silver or Gold standard in turn, and can estimate the carbon and financial savings their actions have achieved.
The LEAF programme comprises the following:
We are piloting the scheme with seven labs in Applied Sciences during the 2021/22 academic year. We will open the scheme to more schemes from August 2022. If you would like to find out more our sign up to join the scheme in the next round, please register your interest with the Sustainability Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or speak to the Technical team in your department.
Teams are organised by themselves and can be based in laboratories or workshops and anyone can initiate and lead a team. LEAF teams can cover a research group within a lab, a whole lab or a group of labs. Once you have registered you will be supported by your local Technical team and the Sustainability Team to complete the programme.