Establishing ourselves as a model of environmental best practice for the Southern region is something that the Science Park is taking very seriously. Our cleantech vision for the Science Park embraces the concept of providing every business on the Park with the benefits of harnessing renewable energy where possible.
All the buildings on the Science Park have been rated for their energy efficiency and environmental impact, and the Energy Performance Certificates all show significantly better scores than benchmark figures. Some of the newer buildings employ energy efficient air-source heat pumps to provide integrated heating and cooling, and a programme of boiler replacement and insulation is continuing to improve the energy efficiency of older buildings.
The Science Park is committed to the care of the environment, compliance with relevant legislation, the prevention of pollution and to continually improve the environmental performance of its accommodation and services. This includes a commitment to minimise the consumption of non-renewable energy sources, to minimise the waste generated by the Science Park, and to seek ways to reduce the environmental impacts of the transport operations of staff and visitors to the site.
To this end Southampton Science Park make their Environmental Policy freely available to staff, tenants, contractors and visitors. A copy of the current Environmental Policy can be downloaded below.
The Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (Solent LEP), together with the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire (PUSH) and the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce have agreed a strategy for development of a low carbon economy in the Solent area which will help stimulate sustainable economic growth, create jobs, and reduce the carbon footprint of the region.
The University of Southampton Science Park is working with Future Solent on a Regional Growth Fund programme to provide support for environmental technology R&D and innovation businesses. Companies will be supported with access to research and development facilities both at the University of Portsmouth and the University of Southampton Science Park, as well as access to networks and support in developing business plans. In addition, new and small companies with growth strategies will be able to apply for grants to help deliver their business plans and new products.