Carbon & Energy

Why is this important?

It's commonly agreed now that our reliance on fossil fuels in our everyday lives is causing climate change and air pollution. By reducing our carbon emissions both at home and at work we'll help reduce the impact on the changes that may result from climate change. These impacts on a global level could involve anything from the floods, droughts, failing crops, poor health, economic downturn, loss of species and loss of habitat. On a local level, we could see increased flooding, warmer winters, drier summers and more unpredictable weather patterns.

In addition to the effects of climate change is the increased volatility of the energy market and the safety of the supply for the future. Every effort needs to be made to not only make best use of the energy we import but also in the investigation and generation of clean energy and energy from renewable technology.

With energy prices constantly increasing and the current economic climate, doing your bit to save energy at work could help secure the future economic success of the university.

Where are we now?

We have achieved our zero waste to landill target and aim to maintain this going forward. Between August 2009 and July 2010 our tutorial sites generated 7,814 tonnes of carbon dioxide from gas and oil used for heating and from electricity. This amount of CO2 would be enough to fill 1,563 hot air balloons. This is a decrease compared with the same period of 2008/09 when we emitted 7,999 tonnes.

What are we doing?

You can find information on our energy savings methods and reports below:

We are now reaching the end of our current Carbon Management plan and have completed much of the initiatives we have started. We are now in the process of creating our CMP4 for the next 5 years and planning on how to aim to reach our 2020 targets and beyond. We have now set up a new Carbon Management Plan Working group that will help develop CMP 4 and report back to the Environmental Steering Group (ESG) quarterly.

What can you do?

If you want to get more involved in energy and environment initiatives at the University please visit our How to get involved page.