River Terrace, Somerset House, Image by Kevin Meredith

Sustainability

Somerset House aims to be as environmentally friendly as possible. 

In 2016, we installed a new combined cooling, heating and power plant, which now produces around 63% of all electricity at Somerset House. The heat generated by the process then goes to warm the building during winter and cool it in summer, dramatically reducing our CO2 emissions. 

We’ve improved our Grade I-listed building in many other ways, from the thermal insulation we’ve added to the building to the high-intensity, low-energy LED floodlights we’ve installed in The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court, and our high-tech building management system helps us reduce our energy consumption round the clock. We also recycle 86% of our waste and use FSC-certified paper for many of our publications. 

We're going to be working with Somerset House resident Julie's Bicycle to find ways to reduce further our carbon footprint. 

 

The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court, Somerset House, Image by Kevin Meredith
The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court, Somerset House, Image by Kevin Meredith