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.
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)