Energy and Carbon

The University is required to comply with government and HEFCE requirements for carbon reduction.

Carbon Management Strategy

The strategy sets the following targets for carbon reduction in accordance with HEFCE:

  • Reduce scope 1 and 2 CO2 emissions by 11% by 2015/16 (compared to 2005/6 levels)
  • Reduce scope 1 and 2 CO2 emissions by 33% by 2020/21 (compared to 2005/6 levels)

The Carbon Management Strategies principles are to:

  • Deliver a significant and commensurate reduction in the University’s CO2emissions in line with its mission of sustaining excellence and its objective of making significant contributions to society.
  • Follow an energy hierarchy in seeking to first implement cost effective measures to reduce energy use, then to use energy efficiently, but also to develop low carbon and renewable sources of energy where appropriate.
  • Reduce energy use and carbon emissions from laboratory related activities, whilst safeguarding the primary requirement of the University to be able to carry out its academic research at the highest level.
  • Engage and work in partnership across the University and Colleges, with staff and students, and with wider stakeholders to develop solutions for reducing the University’s CO2 emissions.
  • Take a whole life approach to assessing the carbon and cost benefits of carbon reduction measures, as well as considering future fuel supply security and sustainability.

Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme

This government scheme is aimed at improving energy efficiency and cutting emissions from the 5,000 largest UK organisations by 1.2m tonnes of carbon dioxide by 2020. These organisations are responsible for around 10% of the UK’s emissions. The scheme features a range of reputational, behavioural and financial drivers, which aim to encourage organisations to develop energy management strategies that promote a better understanding of energy usage.

The University is required to make payments per tonne of carbon dioxide emitted.  As approved by Planning and Resource Allocation Committee (PRAC), all liable departments are charged their share of CRC costs.

Further details of the scheme, including an annual performance league table that ranks participants on energy efficiency performance, can be found on the Department of Energy and Climate Change website.

How are we reducing carbon and saving energy?

  • Implementing the Carbon Management Strategy
  • Providing advice and resources to departments
  • Working with the Mechanical Services team to retrofit energy efficient fixtures and fittings such as lighting controls and efficient condensing boilers
  • Operating remote metering systems for electricity, gas and water to allow better monitoring and measuring
  • Purchasing renewable energy and increasing on-site generation