We aim to deliver a 27% reduction in carbon emissions by 2020 from a 2005 baseline. Our Carbon Management Plan details how this will be achieved
The university has a long-standing commitment to environmental issues, and our Governing Council takes an active interest in our drive to ensure that our activities are sustainable and recognise our broader responsibilities.
As a successful and growing university, we face the challenge that our Estate is constantly changing, both in size and in the age and style of buildings. We are therefore continually investigating new and emerging technologies with which to enhance the performance and appearance of the estate.
Our more recent environmental projects have included:-
- The ongoing replacement of fluorescent tubes with LED lamps, fixtures and fittings throughout the university.
- Achieving the BSi ISO14001: 2015 Accreditation for our Environmental Management System
- The installation of a semi-waterless urinal system at all appropriate sites. The system involves the use of enzymes which produce eco-friendly bacteria eliminating the need for harmful chemicals for cleaning and deodorising.
- Completely eliminated the amount of waste sent to landfill. Any refuse left after recycling becomes Refuse Derived Fuel and sent to power stations to be used to provide electricity.
- The success of the university’s approach to environmental issues is evident. The next stage in our development will be to ensure that these technical successes are matched by our success in reaching out to all our communities within the university and harnessing their talents, innovations and their enthusiasm in order to ensure that we continue to make progress.
Carbon Management Plan
Our Carbon Management Plan was implemented by a Core Team of representatives from departments and faculties across the University. Meeting quarterly, our team of lecturers, support staff and technicians discussed future actions, plans and suggestions and disseminated information through their own teams, offices and colleagues. This ensured that the carbon management message was spread as widely as possible.
Our Carbon Management Plan CMP3 includes an implementation programme of how the university will achieve it's stated targets. We have included additional metrics for analysing against floor area of our estate and also Full-Time Equivalent figures for staff and students (FTE).
Carbon Management Updates
Delivering a reduction in carbon emissions is one of the University's KPI's (Key Performance Indicators) and as such our progress is closely monitored by Governing Council.
The graphs below show our progress in terms of energy emissions and then electricity and gas emissions in tonnes of Carbon Dioxide against our targets.
The minutes from the quarterly meetings
The meeting of the 20th April 2016 was the last in the current format of the Carbon Management Plan Team.
The University will, in the future, manage it's carbon responsibilities through ISO14001 and therefore an Environmental Steering Group (ESG) has been set up to lead and direct environmental improvement. This is chaired by the Pro Vice Chancellor for Research Prof Nick Antonopoulos.
Presentation to the members present at the 20th April meeting.
Carbon Management Presentation