Burning fossil fuels releases carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere. CO2 levels have increased by 25% in the last 100 years, leading to climate change. In order to prevent dangerous climate change we need to start reducing our CO2 now.

In 2009/10 the University's total carbon footprint from scope 1 and 2 emissions was 80,196 tonnes. To meet the University's 2020 target (see below) we will need to reduce the University's emissions to 44,152 tonnes.

In May 2010, the University joined the . To implement the 10:10 Campaign the University Sustainability Team developed an Energy Toolkit.

The University has developed a Carbon Management Strategy and various resources and fact sheets to help staff and students reduce their energy consumption.

University of Oxford energy targets

10:10 Campaign Target:

  • Reduce CO2 emissions by between 3% – 10% between April 2010 and March 2011 (compared to 2009 emissions levels).

Longer term targets from the Carbon Management Strategy:

  • 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)