Energy Baseline Study in UCR Laboratory – Preliminary Results

Delphine Faugeroux, University of California, Riverside

Every University of California campus has energy intensive laboratories that are essential to their research mission. Because of their essential role and high energy use, labs contribute significantly to campus GHG emissions and also offer significant saving opportunities. The Green Labs program works to engage students, faculty, and staff in identifying operational, equipment, and behavior changes that can substantially reduce energy, water, and waste in existing labs. Although most campuses have existing Green Labs programs in place or in development, there is no baseline to help quantify savings and demonstrate the cost benefit of the program to a campus. This is why UC Riverside started an Energy Baseline Study to measure the total energetic consumption by one laboratory and then identify and quantify energy saving after implement of the program.

Two approaches will be presented:

  • Global energy use with metering at the electrical panel which include plug load and lighting in one Chemistry lab
  • Detailed energy use with individual meters installed at the plug load level in one Life Science Lab

Learning Objectives

  • Value of detailed plug load data from laboratories
  • Identification of energy saving thanks to the Green Lab Program
  • Identify choice of metering equipment according to Wi-Fi access, language security, lab intrusion and cost
  • Issues encounter to implement metering equipment within an University


Mrs. Faugeroux is the Senior Science Advisor for the Office of Sustainability at the University of California, Riverside. She is responsible for the feasibility study, implementation and review of the Green Lab Program. She manages different projects that aim for reducing carbon emissions, increasing waste reduction and recycling; and conserving water.

She is currently implementing a 1-year Energy Baseline Study that seek identifying and quantifying energy saving, using different approaches of comparison. She also works on the Deep Energy Efficient Plan with faculty to promote the procurement of energy efficient equipment and the construction of a new Solar Greenhouse.

Prior to joining UC Riverside, Mrs. Faugeroux worked for 2 years in several international laboratories and then for Veolia Water.

Mrs. Faugeroux holds an Associate Degree in Chemistry from the University of Poitiers, France; and a Master in Environmental Engineering from AgroParisTech, France.


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