SMART targets

Our Environmental Objectives are reviewed on an annual basis as part of our Environmental Management System.

Reduce Out of Hours Energy Consumption

Out-of-hours energy audits will be undertaken to identify opportunities for reducing our energy baseload at our main sites. 

Reduce scope 1 and 2 emissions by 27% from a 2005 baseline year

Our emissions for 2019/20 have reduced by 22.6%. Actions to reduce these have included the installation of several solar panel arrays, replacement of inefficient lighting and improvements to the Building Management System.

Develop a Roadmap to Net Zero Carbon

Consultants will be engaged to assist the University in developing a roadmap to net carbon zero. This will involve deciding on a target year and then outlining the actions required to reach the target, including costs and carbon savings associated with the actions.

Reduce Water Consumption by 5% from a 2019/20 baseline

Water consumption for 2019/20 was 139,723 m3. An audit of areas consuming high amounts of water will be carried out. All new developments will include efficient taps and toilets as standard.

Develop a Travel Plan for the University which encourages and promotes sustainable travel

Develop and publish the University Travel Plan, ensuring sustainability is embedded into all the actions.

Reduce carbon emissions associated with fleet fuel by 27% 

Fleet vehicles to be replaced with low emission alternatives.

Increase on site recycling to 50%

On site recycling for 2019/20 was 40%. To achieve this target, food recycling will be rolled out, recycling posters are set to be improved and other recycling initiatives are being investigated such as gum recycling, reverse vending machines and compostable packaging recycling.

Embed the new Sustainable Construction Specification into all projects

The Estates Team has recently written a new Sustainable Construction Specification which specifies the sustainability credentials that are required on any refurbishments or new developments. This specification needs to be embedded into all specification documents to ensure the requirements stated within it are met in every project.

Create and implement a Biodiversity Action Plan covering the next three years

A Biodiversity Action Plan must be created which encompasses all sites and is developed in coordination with both Estates staff and Ecology Academics. 

Create at least 4 new wildflower areas across our campuses

At least four new areas on our campus will be seeded with a variety of wildflower seeds to encourage biodiversity.

Sustainable Procurement

Set up an action plan to implement a sustainable procurement framework. Investigate options such as the Flexible Framework, ISO 20400 or Net Positive.

Reduce Emissions from refrigerants by removing all R22 fluorinated Gas from HVAC

We currently still have 24.66kg of R22 remaining in our systems. This is currently well managed and checked regularly for leaks in line with legislation. However, R22 is a particularly harmful refrigerant and we are therefore planning to remove it completely to eliminate the risk of harmful releases to the atmosphere.

Increase Engagement with the Community on Sustainability

Members of the Estates Team will become active members of the Derby City Climate Community Hub. Post-pandemic these networks can be engaged when organising community-wide sustainability events. This is also an ideal method for sharing our biodiversity, travel and carbon management plans with the rest of the community.