Carbon and energy

Why is this important?

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.

Climate change will have an impact on sustainability at a global level, with events including;

which will ultimately lead to; 

On a local level, we could see increased flooding, warmer winters, drier summers and more unpredictable weather patterns.

Energy market and buying energy

Climate events impact on the energy market, the availability of all forms of fossil fuels, resulting in poor business resilience and the possibility of loss of power. 

Where are we now?

All new build and refurbishment projects investigate and implement (where possible), the inclusion of renewable technology. In an ongoing effort to reduce the university's reliance on the National Grid and fossil fuels.

We have achieved our zero waste to landfill 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 (CMP3) and have completed much of the initiatives we have started.

We are now in the process of creating our CMP4 from 2020 - 2025.

The university has a Carbon Management Plan Working Group that will help to define and develop CMP 4 and report back to the Environmental Steering Group (ESG) quarterly.

What can you do?

Find out how to get involved in energy and environment initiatives at the University.