Carbon Management Strategy

All energy and carbon reduction work in the University is guided by the Carbon Management Strategy approved by Council in January 2011. This document defines the steps that the University has taken and will take in future to achieve a reduction in its CO2 emissions.

Strategic Objectives

The five strategic objectives for this carbon management strategy, which act to support the delivery of the University Strategic Plan and Estates Strategy, are as follows: To deliver a significant and commensurate reduction in its CO2 emissions in line with its mission of sustaining excellence and itsobjective of making significant contributions to society. 

  • To 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.
  • To 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.
  • To 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.
  • To 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.


A major principle of the implementation plan is the onus placed on departments to play their part in setting individual policies, targets and programmes for their buildings. All buildings are charged for energy use based on meter readings, except for those heated by the four central boiler houses, so departments pay for the energy they use. Experience has shown that departments control between 40% and 60% of the total building energy use via lighting, IT, lab equipment and occupancy / heating hours.

Estates Services has developed various resources and can provide departments with regular energy consumption reports, an Energy Toolkit, energy surveys, training and grants and loans to fund energy saving measures.

This Carbon Management Strategy was written to meet HEFCE requirements.