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 installation of LED lamps, fixtures and fittings at our Kedleston Road and the Dome at the Devonshire campus in Buxton.
- Achieving the Gold Standard of EcoCampus. This is a standard of our Environmental Management System which we currently are using.
- 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 (CMP3 2015) has now been approved by Governing Council and includes an update of the implementation plan and also the figures and reports now include the additional buildings. We have included additional metrics of analysing against floor area of our estate and also Full Time Equivalent figures of staff and students (FTE).
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.
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 is spread as widely as possible.
Our Terms of Reference have now been agreed and ratified by the team.
The minutes from the quarterly meetings
- Carbon Management Minutes 20th Apr 2016
- Carbon Management Minutes 27 Jan 2016
- Carbon Management Minutes 21 Oct 2015
- Carbon Management Minutes 15 Jul 2015
- Carbon Management Minutes 15 Apr 2015
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 envirnonmental improvement. This will be chaired by the Pro Vice Chancellor for Research Prof Nick Antonopoulos.
Presentation to the members present at the 20th April meeting.